Holiday Pet Hazards: Easter is around the corner and brings many dangers for dogs and cats!

Are lilies toxic to cats or dogs?

Easter Lilies

  • Every part of an Easter Lily is toxic - even the water can cause problems! These beautiful flowers can cause death to cats. Lilies are notorious for causing kidney failure - so if your cat has chewed on any part of these plants - get them straight to Newport Harbor Animal Hospital for intravenous (IV) fluids for a few days to save their kidneys - if you wait too long, it may be too late. Species to watch out for are part of the true lily family: Lilium and Hemerocallis. Any exposure should be taken very seriously and treated aggressively. Lily of the Valley is toxic to BOTH dogs and cats - this one hits the heart instead of the kidneys.

Is chocolate toxic to my dog or cat?


  • Easter baskets are great! They also usually have chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs - you get the idea. If your dog or cat eats chocolate - call your vet right away. Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine - in high enough levels, this can cause vomiting, diarrhea, heart arrhythmia, seizures and death. The sooner you get them to Newport Harbor Animal Hospital - the better the outcome may be.

My cat/dog ate Easter grass!

Easter Grass

  • Another component of those great Easter baskets - is the grass filling that helps everything look pretty. This grass looks like a lot of fun, especially to cats! These plastic strings can clog up the stomach and intestines and even act like a saw to the intestines. Make sure to throw this filing away ASAP to save your dog or cat's life.


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Our mission at Newport Harbor Animal Hospital is: "To provide the highest quality veterinary care for our patients and the best service for our clients. Our goal in every case is a healthy pet and a happy client."

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