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How to keep your pets safe on Easter

Courtesy: NBC News

Courtesy: NBC News

Easter is one day away, and experts are urging animal owners to keep their pets safe.

The “Pet Poison Helpline” sees nearly a 200 percent increase in calls about pet poisoning during the week of Easter.

Experts say certain Easter goodies and decorations are to blame.

However, there are steps you can take to make the holiday safer for your pets.

According to NBC News, Easter lilies pose the biggest threat.

The FDA even has a warning on the front page of their website, urging pet owners to keep lilies away from their pets.

Pet owners may not realize Easter lilies are extremely toxic to cats.

Just a nibble of any part of the lily plant can cause sudden kidney failure.

Tiger lilies, day lilies, Asiatic lilies, and Japanese show lilies are also toxic to cats.

Veterinarians say families with cats should avoid bringing those types of flowers home.

If you cat is exposed, seek help immediately. 

Experts say the plastic grass used to stuff Easter baskets is also a threat to cats and dogs.

If swallowed, it can cause life-threatening intestinal damage.

Pet owners should make sure to keep all plastic eggs away from their animals.

According to reports, several dogs have suffered intestinal problems and required surgery after swallowing one.

The last thing to look out for are those Easter sweets.

As many may know, consuming chocolate is dangerous for dogs and cats.

Pay close attention to gum and sugar-free candies containing a sweetener called Xylitol, it is highly toxic for dogs.

For more information on how to keep your animals safe, visit the Pet Poison Helpline website.