Everywhere you look, people are getting ready for Easter. There are baskets everywhere, and many of them are stuffed with items that make beautiful gifts for humans, but can be toxic to pets. Here’s a list of a few seasonal flowers and foods to keep away from your pets.


Many lily varieties, including Easter lilies, are poisonous to cats. Exposure to these plants sickens and kills thousands of cats a year, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. Eating a lily can result in Acute Kidney Failure, with symptoms that include drinking and urinating excessively, as well as lethargy, vomiting, and inappetance. More advanced cases will show decreased or no urine production.

The Pet Poison Helpline website provides a list of lily species that are toxic to cats.

Keep lilies away from cats, putting them out of their reach, wherever that may be.

Tulips and Hyacinths

Digging in the garden and eating bulbs can lead to real trouble for dogs. Symptoms can range from drooling to diarrhea to respiratory problems, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.  If you suspect your pet has ingested a bulb, contact your veterinarian immediately.


Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate — Easter bunnies and eggs come in many forms, and none of them are good for our pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical related to caffeine. When pets get into chocolate, they can experience everything from hyperactivity to signs of stomach upset to cardiac conduction disturbances (problems with the electrical impulses of the heart). White chocolate is not toxic, since it contains only sugar and no theobromine, but we still do not recommend giving to pets.

Keep a watchful eye on your pets when egg hunts are happening, and don’t leave baskets of candy on the floor where curious noses can sniff them out and get into them.