March 28, 2013
BOSTON, March 28, 2013 – As New Englanders prepare to celebrate Easter Sunday by adding lilies to their homes, many are unaware that this popular plant sickens more pets every year than any other, and doctors at Angell Animal Medical Center are urging pet owners to avoid them. All parts of the Easter lily are toxic to cats—and even the smallest amount can, if ingested, cause kidney failure and death.
Many other lilies are also highly toxic to pets, such as tiger, Japanese showy and day lilies. Other popular springtime bulb plants—including daffodils and hyacinths—are also highly toxic to cats. Angell Animal Medical Center recommends that cat owners remove all of these plants from their home or, at the very least, ensure they are beyond the reach of pets.
“Every year we see cases of kidney failure resulting from exposure to these highly toxic plants,” said Dr. Kiko Bracker, a veterinarian in Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care Unit. “We know that these plants are popular at this time of year but we highly recommend that cat owners avoid having them in their homes.”
Typical Signs of Easter lily Toxicity
Cats who have ingested poisonous plants may be lethargic or may vomit. If owners suspect their pet may have ingested part of a lily they should immediately bring their cat to the vet. Cats must be treated as soon as possible after ingesting the plant to avoid kidney damage that may be irreversible. For more Easter lily safety recommendations from Angell Animal Medical Center readers can click here.
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Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.