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Easter Warnings

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Easter may be more dangerous then you think. Common Easter decorations and foods can be harmful to pets and kids. They can even be deadly.

Here are a few things to watch out for this Easter:

1. Easter Grass

People often decorate with fake plastic grass and plastic Easter eggs to be festive. But plastic grass is a major choking hazard to pets and children. The plastic can settle at the bottom of pet's stomachs, causing digestion issues. Experts suggest keeping Easter baskets out of reach from children and pets.

2. Dying Easter Eggs

Dye tablets are brightly colored and resemble candy pieces. Young children can easily mistake them for candy and ingest them. Parents should be extra careful if using these to dye eggs. While they aren't deadly, the tablets can cause stomach issues. Palmetto Poison Control suggest that if your child is too young to understand the difference, don't use dye tablets. Use liquid food coloring instead. But they say to still supervise your children.

3. Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies are a beautiful part of spring and many people choose to decorate with them inside. But they can be very dangerous to your cat. Experts suggest not decorating with Lilies if you have cats inside. The cat can suffer liver issues and seizures if any part of the plant is eaten.

4. Chocolate and Candy

Chocolate and candy should never be shared with pets. Dogs especially can have severe reactions and sometimes death as a result of eating chocolate. Make sure all candy is stored out of the reach of pets.

5. Small Choking Hazards

If you are trying to be healthier and choosing not to stuff traditional plastic Easter eggs with candy, make sure what you do put inside is not a choking hazard. Experts say that parents often think they are being smarter by putting small toys inside eggs, but too often they forget that small kids tend to put almost everything in their mouths. They suggest putting larger toys, stickers or fruit snacks inside the eggs instead.

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