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LA Animal Services Media Contacts: 
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or agnes.sibal@lacity.org
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or justin.khosrowabadi@lacity.org
LA Animal Services Shares Safety Tips 
To Keep Your Pets Safe This Easter
Los Angeles, April 2, 2021 – As many pet owners prepare to celebrate the Easter holiday this weekend, the decorations and treat-filled baskets full of candy, chocolate, and toys, may be harmful to our four-legged family members.

To help keep you and your furry friends safe this Easter, LA Animal Services is offering the following tips:

  1. Beware of the Easter basket. Our pets often see these festive décor as something to eat or play with. Colorful eggs, plastic grass, chocolate, and candy can be toxic to pets if they are accidentally eaten. To keep pets safe, place baskets filled with goodies out of reach. If you plan on doing an egg hunt with children, keep pets indoors and away from plastic eggs. 
  2. Watch out for festive flowers and plants. Easter lilies are one of the most dangerous plants you can have around your pet, especially cats. Call your veterinarian immediately if you see your cat licking the flower.
  3. Keep alcohol and people food away from pets. We have a tendency to share our meals with our pets, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don’t purposely include them, our dog or cat can sneak a bite of food from from the kitchen counter, trash, or even the dining room table. Dogs and cats can suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from consuming too much rich and fatty foods, yeast dough, chocolate, grapes, and raisins, and from just plain overeating. Instead of giving your companion animal leftovers, stop by a pet food store and purchase some dog biscuits or cat treats, made especially for them.
  4. Don’t buy Easter animals as impulsive gifts for giving. We can agree that bunnies and baby chicks are cute, but they should not be given as Easter gifts. Bunnies and chicks are pets who require special feedings and care, and their needs should be fully researched before bringing one home. Before adopting a rabbit, please view our rabbit care resource guide at laanimalservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/BYA-Handout-DOWNLOAD-LAAS-English-Rev-11-23-20.pdf.

-------If you would like to adopt a rabbit from one of our Centers, view the
-------bunnies who are available for adoption, who are already spayed or
-------neutered, and microchipped by clicking on their names for more info:
-------Snowball (A1970170) and Bunbun (A1970502), and call 888-452-7381 to -------schedule an appointment.

By keeping these safety precautions in mind, the holiday weekend can be an enjoyable and safe one for you and your furry family members.

For more information on how to keep pets safe, visit:
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