PET ALERT: Holiday can be dangerous for cats and dogs

BluePearl Veterinary Partners, which operates hospitals offering emergency care for pets, is warning that holidays such as Easter can present dangers for cats and dogs.

The company is suggesting that pet owners take precautions for this weekend’s holiday. Advice includes:.

— Never give your pets chocolate. Chocolate can be life-threatening to cats and dogs.

— Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats.

— Easter basket grass can be fatal if swallowed. Cats and dogs may eat the grass and it can become lodged in the intestines.

Some foods can be poisonous

— Keep your pets on their normal diets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute Xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can be poisonous to pets.

— Make sure as guests and deliveries come and go, pets remain safely inside. Doors left open can result in your pet being hit by a car.

— If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Try to get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, a veterinarian can assist with medicine to calm your pet.

BluePearl locations in 14 states

BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ hospitals offer specialty and emergency veterinary medicine. BluePearl is owned by employee veterinarians and other veterinary professionals.

It operates locations in 14 states in the Northeast, South, Midwest and Pacific Northwest.