At the first signs of spring, most people are itching to get outdoors, stretch their legs, and have a little fun. But while toppling through tulips and prancing through pansies sounds like fun, you should still take some safety precautions to guard your pet against these common springtime pet safety hazards.
Open Windows With Care
As temperatures rise, you’ll want to let that fresh air inside. Watch out for any loose screens that can set your cat or dog free. Cats or dogs may decide to jump towards the open window, and any unscreened windows may let your pet into the great outdoors without you even knowing it. Keep your screens secure with fasteners, and keep unscreened windows closed. It’s okay to let some air in, just don’t let your pets out!
Easter Chocolate & Flowers
Easter brings sweet treats for kids, but sugary candy and chocolate aren’t good for dogs to eat. (It’s not good for your kids, either, but at least humans don’t find them toxic). Lilies are another surprisingly dangerous Easter tradition because cats find lilies extremely toxic. Your curious kitties might also try eating the artificial grass stuffing in Easter baskets, which obviously isn’t good for them.
Every spring, you thoroughly clean your house. Keep the cleaning chemicals out of reach so your pet doesn’t accidentally start eating or drinking them. Put the cleaning chemicals in a locked cabinet or on a high shelf where your cat or dog can’t get to them. Follow proper storage procedures as outlined on the chemicals’ labels.
Rethink Your Garden
Gardeners love to get out and prep their flower beds, vegetables, and lawn for the start of the growing season. That means humans use fertilizers, bug sprays, herbicides, mulch, and more to help nurture their plants. Keep your pets away from the containers of sprays, and don’t let them chew on mulch. Garden sprays are toxic to pets, and so are some popular spring plants.
Be Wary Of Wildlife
Warmer weather brings more wildlife back to your yard, including squirrels, rabbits, moles, and maybe groundhogs or hedgehogs. If you live on some acreage or out in the country, you also have to watch out for coyotes, foxes, deer, feral dogs, and porcupines. Keep your pets away from wildlife as much as possible, because other animals can carry rabies. Make sure your pet’s rabies shots are up-to-date.
Prepare For Runaways
You love taking your dog out for leash-free runs at the dog park, or you let your cat out of the front door for some warm-weather romping. Have your pet microchipped in case your dog or cat gets lost or runs away. The best thing to do is keep a leash on your dog or cat when taking them outside, and make sure they’re wearing ID at all times.
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Toxic Spring Plants
Keep away from rhododendron and azaleas because these are toxic for cats and dogs.
Other plants that are toxic for pets:
If you think your pet ingested any of these plants, call your veterinarian immediately.
Pets can get allergies just as humans do. Pets might have a reaction to dust, pollen, plants, and food. Insect bites and bee stings may also cause allergies. Minor symptoms include itching, sneezing, and sniffing. Anaphylactic shock represents a more serious side effect of insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has an allergy, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Fleas and Ticks
With warmer weather comes the return of your furry friend’s nemeses in the form of fleas and ticks. These tiny insects love to take shelter on your pet’s skin while trying to feast on your pet’s blood. Update your pet’s flea and tick medication, if needed, as warm weather approaches.
There are plenty of things to watch out for in the springtime as the weather thaws from winter’s chill. As long as you take a few safety measures, your pet should be fine. Sunburn and dehydration present other things to consider as spring turns to summer and the thermometer reach higher, so learn how to keep your pets cool like Frenchie does.
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