RSPCA WA REMINDS PET OWNERS TO KEEP PETS SAFE AT EASTER

RSPCA WA REMINDS PET OWNERS TO KEEP PETS SAFE AT EASTER

The Easter holidays may be known for chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and sweet treats, but RSPCA WA is warning these sugary delights can be dangerous to your pet’s health.

RSPCA WA Executive Manager Community Engagement, Maree Daniels, says most pet owners know that dogs can’t have chocolate, but it’s important that all members of the family keep it out of reach of their four-legged friends.

“For several days during the Easter period, it is not uncommon to find chocolate around the house, with plenty of parties, family functions, celebrations and the traditional Easter egg hunt,” she says.

“And so it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any nasty surprises, including consumption of chocolate by the family dog or cat, and other unfavorable food and drinks including caffeine, alcohol and tobacco that can have a potentially deadly affect.

“Vets frequently have to treat dogs and cats that have ingested chocolate over the Easter weekend, so we’re reminding owners to keep chocolate off coffee tables and areas where pets can reach them.

“And to those going on holiday or away for the long weekend, do remember that your pet is an important member of the family, so make sure they get the appropriate care and attention while you're away,” Ms Daniels adds.

“If you’re taking your pet with you, they need to travel as comfortably as possible; having the right equipment and attitude with frequent stops along the journey can ensure that the trip is safe, satisfying and enjoyable for all.”

RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work, as only six percent is covered by a grant from the State Government.

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FACT FILE

  • RSPCA WA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been a voice for animals in Western Australia for over 120 years.

  • RSPCA is a charity and relies on fundraising activities for more than 90 per cent of its funding.

  • RSPCA upholds five freedoms for animals and believes all animals deserve freedom from: hunger and thirst, discomfort, pain, injury and disease and also from fear and distress.

  • To donate and help save animals in need please phone 9209 9300

  • To report incidents of cruelty call the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 3589

  • For more information email www.rspcawa.asn.au or call 9209 9343

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