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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 29, 2013 Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted t. Thanks. Freeway says keep my treatment is not always ible and can get tangled in ing, become lethargic and Eng. Consumption of these pooch friends safe by avoid- successful. Lilies as beauti- your animal's intestines, have difficulty standing or items can cause intestinal ing the seven deadly sins of ful as they are ... are life- This can lead to a blockage walking. Some may have disturbances and even an Easter. Easter is just around threatening to cats and and potential perforation, seizures, develop internal intestinal obstruction in your the bend and while it typE- the two should be kept far If ingested, the grass can hemorrhaging and lesions animal. cally means tons of fun for apart, cause choking or become and suffer liver failure. 7. A Real Live Easter the kids: Easter egg hunts, 2. Chocolate lodged inside the stomach or 5. Rotten Easter Eggs Bunny colorful Easter baskets While chocolate might intestines, creating an ob- Easter egg hunts are tra- What's more tempting on stuffed to the brim with taste good to the kids and struction. Signs of obstruc- dition for most families, an Easter than to bring home chocolate bunnies, marsh- parents it can be quite dan- tion are loss of appetite and event children always look the "real thing," a real live mallow chicks and jelly gerous for dogs and cats. vomiting. Animals showing forward to. So may your dogs, Easter Bunny? If this is beans galore, it could mean Chocolate contains caffeine these symptoms should be which is why it's important something you're thinking real trouble for some of our and a compound called theo- taken to the veterinarian for to keep track of where all about, think again. Rabbits other family members: our bromine, which stimulates an abdominal x-ray.. This the hard-boiled eggs are hid- are not toys, nor are they animals. So while the rest the nervous system and can problem is treated with sur- den when planning your low-maintenance pets. They of the family is celebrating be toxic to animals. If enough gical removal of the foreign backyard Easter egg hunt. require the same level of this joyous holiday, make is ingested, your pet can suf- material and is considered Many animals have become care as a dog or cat and sure your dogs and cats stay fer from vomiting, diarrhea, a true emergency, sick after sniffing out and need plenty of room to play happy and healthy with a abnormal heart rhythms, 4. Other Candy consuming a rotten Easter and hop. While they can few tips on the potential pet tremors, seizures, and worst- Chocolate is not the only egg that was likely forgotten be cuddly and affectionate, perils of Easter. case scenario, death. While candy finding its way into from a previous hunt. If pos- they can also become easily all forms of chocolate can the Easter baskets that of- sible, use plastic eggs in- frightened when held or con- 1. Easter Lilies be toxic to cats and dogs, ten sit at eye-level to your stead of real eggs. However, fronted by other animals. Easter lilies are beautiful white chocolate has the dog or cat. There are jelly if you do use plastic eggs, Unfortunately, most rabbits and symbolic of many of the least amount of stimulants, beans, puffy marshmallow make sure your dog can't purchased as Easter gifts virtues of the holiday; how- Dark and baking chocolate chicks, candied eggs and get inside them and eat the end up either abandoned ever, they and all lily flow- have the highest, more, all of which can cause contents or worse yet, try to on the streets, which is a ers are deadly poison to cats 3. Plastic Easter Basket gastrointestinal disturbance swallow the plastic egg and sure death sentence, or in ff any part of the plant is in- Grass in animals. Most threaten- choke on it, or get it lodged shelters. gested. Families with house Easter grass may serve as ing though are products con- in his intestine. cats simply should not risk a nice cushy nest for all the taining Xylitol, an artificial 6. Candy Wrappers Enjoy this Easter whatever the lethal danger posed to eggs and candy gathered dur- sweetener. Xylitol can be so Aluminum or plastic candy you're going to do and protect their pets by having lilies ing the Easter egg hunt, but toxic to pets that within 30 wrappers can also be a pc- your cat or dog from harm. I anywhere near their cats. All if your dog or cat finds it too minutes of consuming a tential pet hazard during know Freeway is going to sit portions of the plant are poE- tantalizing to pass up, it small amount of a Xylitol- Easter. Many pets (espe- on the grass and watch all the sonous to a cat's kidneys could cause some real prob- sweetened product, a dog can cially cats and dogs) are excitement of the day. when eaten and even lems. The plastic component experience a dramatic drop naturally drawn to the To all my READERS and my with prompt veterinary care, of Easter grass is non-digest- in blood sugar, begin vomit- texture, bright colors and FRIENDS at the Post-Gazette crinkly sound wrappers enjoy your holiday and keep Happy and often uninten- safe. _ tionally consume while play- That's all for now ... 00uona 00asqua Easter make The Board of Directors from DANTE ALIGHIERI 00appy 00aster SOCIETY NOBILE INSURANCE 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Spencer DiScala, President MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU Salvatore Bramante, Vice President for Administration  " ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Luisa Marina, Vice President of Cultural Affairs "1 Archille Chiuccariello,Vice President for Building & Grounds Financial and Estate Planning Jerry Bello, Treasurer  Email afponte Ted Tedeschi, Secretary Phone 617-320-0022 Lino Rullo, President Emeritus ROSE GIAMMARCO, AAI I-Ion. Peter W. 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