Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota Helps Pet Owners Protect Cats from Easter Lilies

With Easter approaching, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota wants to remind pet owners not to bring home Easter lilies if they have a cat.

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Oakdale, MN (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota wants to remind pet owners everywhere not to bring home Easter lilies if they have a cat.

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota understands the importance and significance of an Easter lily, but Easter lilies have been found to be extremely toxic to cats; the leaves, stems, pollen and even the water in which the lily has been placed can be deadly.

Every Easter season, the emergency department of the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota receives cats that have ingested lilies and suffer irreversible kidney damage as a result. The Emergency Department’s health professionals have found that cats that had ingested any amount of a lily experienced symptoms of kidney damage, including vomiting, loss of appetite and depression.

The Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota would also like to ask church congregations and stores that are giving away or selling lilies to remind people not to bring one home if they have a cat. The center has launched a Lily Campaign which encourages congregations and stores to hand out Lily Cards with each one that is sold or given away. These cards remind pet owners not to bring home a lily if they have a cat, and they provide information regarding the symptoms to look out for if a cat does ingest a lily, as well as emergency contact information.

If a pet owner suspects that their cat has eaten a lily, the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota would like to remind them to bring their cat to the nearest emergency center. If the cat is treated promptly, there is a chance for a full recovery.

For more information, read the blog about the dangers of cats and lilies at http://aercmn.com/blog/posts/understanding-the-toxicity-of-lilies/.

About the company:
Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) started out with one clinic, one veterinarian, and one technician. Today, they employ a wide variety of doctors and health care team members – all specially trained in emergency and critical care--in addition to a growing referral practice for when pets just aren't feeling like themselves. For more information, please visit their website at http://aercmn.com.


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