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Easter and Springtime Hazards for Dogs and Cats
Lily Toxicity in Cats
Lilies are a common finding this time of year. This plant, and related plants in the lily family, are highly toxic to cats if ingested. Even the pollen is toxic.
The first signs seen are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney (renal) failure and death. Please call Animal Ark immediately if you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily plant.
Stringy things like artificial Easter grass, pose a deadly threat if ingested, creating something called a Linear Foreign Body. The first signs seen, aside from the material sometimes being visible from the mouth or anus, are vomiting or straining to defecate and a painful abdomen.
Trying to pull out visible grass or string is not recommended, as this can cause more damage if the piece is long and trapped far inside the body. Call Animal Ark if you suspect that your cat has sampled the Easter grass.
Many dogs have a sweet tooth, a great nose, and the determination to find chocolate -- hidden or not. The toxic components in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine, and the level of toxicity is based on the type and quantity of chocolate consumed.
Different types of chocolate have different amounts of theobromine and caffeine; dark chocolate contains the highest concentrations and milk or white "chocolate" contains the least. Early clinical signs are vomiting, diarrhea and trembling.
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