• The RSPCA is asking pet owners to keep sugary Easter treats out of their pet’s reach over the Easter holidays, with many traditional Easter foods such as chocolate and hot cross buns containing ingredients that are harmful to pets.
  • Owners are also advised to check their vet’s Easter opening hours and locate their nearest after-hours vet so they can act quickly if their pet becomes unwell over the Easter break.
  • Those going away for the Easter holidays are reminded not to leave pets home alone – with RSPCA Inspectors regularly called out to properties where owners have gone on holiday and failed to make adequate arrangements for their pet’s care.

Maree Daniels, Executive Manager Community Engagement RSPCA WA:

“Easter is a wonderful time of year however Easter traditions can present a number of dangers for pets and we want to alert pet owners to those as it is simple to ensure your pet’s safety and avoid an unnecessary trip to an emergency vet...

“Families, particularly those with children planning activities like an Easter egg hunt, need to be vigilant to make sure chocolate is kept out of their pet’s reach at all times, while those who enjoy a hot cross bun need to know that currants and sultanas contain a substance that is toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure – so it’s essential to keep these human treats away from pets altogether.

“For those who want to give their pets some treats of their own at Easter, there are a huge variety of pet-friendly treats available, including pet-friendly chocolate made from carob; not cocoa which is the ingredient in human chocolate that contains a substance that’s toxic to pets.

“Even with your best intentions to not feed your pets these foods, be really careful to keep your chocolate or buns well out of reach as curious pets can seek them out so take extra care to keep the tasty human food away from pets because the last place anyone wants to spend their Easter is at the emergency vet with a sick pet.

“And if you’re going away over Easter, please make sure that you’ve made arrangements for your pet to be cared for by someone reliable until you get back. Leaving an animal alone for a prolonged period of time can not only cause enormous stress to the animal but seriously can poses a number of safety risks.”


10 things commonly used/consumed in the home that are extremely harmful to dogs:

  1. Alcohol - Can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, respiratory problems, coma and death.
  2. Chocolate - Toxic to dogs, can cause hyperactivity, nervousness, tremors, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and death.
  3. Coffee or caffeine products - Can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, heart palpitations, tremors, collapse and death.
  4. Cooked bones - Can splinter and cause internal damage or obstruct the intestine.
  5. Grapes, sultanas, raisins, currants - Contain a substance toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.
  6. Human painkillers - Medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen are toxic to dogs and cats.
  7. Nuts, especially macadamia nuts - Contain oils and fats that can upset stomachs and potentially cause pancreatitis. Macadamias are poisonous to dogs.
  8. Onions, garlic, chives - Can cause gastrointestinal irritation and lead to red blood cell damage.
  9. Salt and salty foods - In large amounts can cause excessive thirst or sodium ion poisoning, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, seizures and death.
  10. Xylitol (sugar substitute found in chewing gum, lollies, toothpaste) - Extremely toxic to dogs, can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure and death.



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