Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Spring is in the air! Flowers are beginning to show, grass is pushing up from the ground, trees and bushes are growing again. The weather is warmer and days are longer. You and your pet have probably been cold and mostly indoors for winter and now that the air is warming and the ground is thawing, you’re raring to go outside and engage in more activities. It’s time for your pet to get back into the groove of being outdoors and you might be interested in some gardening yourself.
However, spring comes with its own set of hazards for your pets, so be sure to pay attention to what your pets are doing and how they might be feeling. We’ve put together for you a list of possible pet hazards to watch out for this spring season.
Keep your pets away from toxic plants
While it’s finally time for your pets to get out of the house and enjoy the garden in full bloom, be aware that certain plants may be toxic for your pets if ingested. Lilies can be fatal if eaten by your cats. Azaleas and sago palms, to name a few, are toxic to pets. Limit the access of your pets to these plants by using fences or choosing different plants to grow instead. This way your pets can roam your garden worry free.
Watch out for seasonal allergies
Your pet may be allergic to pollen in the air and you will find the symptoms usually appearing in spring. Typically signs of allergy will appear as skin and respiratory problems. Watch out for inflamed or infected ears, constant scratching of their side and groin and inflamed or scabbing skin, among other symptoms. Severe reactions could include hives, facial swelling and life-threatening anaphylaxis. Bring your pet immediately to the veterinarian if this occurs.
Don’t let insects bug your pets
Along with the warmer weather and plant growth, insects also begin to appear. Make sure that your pets don’t get too close to bees and other stinging insects. Watch out for fleas and ticks on your pets’ coats and make sure they’re up to date with their preventative heartworm disease medication. Check your pet’s skin regularly and remove any ticks you find with clean tweezers, taking care not to wound your pet, and finish by disinfecting the area of the bite.
Keep your Easter treats to yourself
You might love those Easter candies being given away this season; good news… you can have them all for yourself. While you may think that your pets will enjoy you sharing your treats with them, know that chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs. Dark chocolate is especially harmful, while white and milk chocolate is less so. Regardless, chocolate is no good for your pets even in small amounts. Hide your candy stash in a safe place where your pets can’t reach them.
Update your pet’s tags and registration
If you take your dogs to the dog park, many parks require registration and permits. Keep these updated to ensure that you can continue to enjoy spending time with your pet at the park. Since you’ll be taking longer walks with your pet, there is a higher chance that your pet may wander off on their own. Make sure your pet’s tags have your name, contact number and address just in case they go off without you.
Be mindful of your spring cleaning products
If you’re taking this time to clean out your home; take care that your pets do not accidentally ingest your cleaning products. Store your products where your pets can’t get to them, or even better, use pet-friendly cleaning products. Leaving these products where your pet might reach them can lead to serious emergencies if your pet gets in contact with harmful substances. If this happens, get in touch with your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline immediately (888-426-4435).
If you know you’re going to be busy with some spring cleaning and gardening, ensure that your pets will still benefit from attention and regular walks in the park. Consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker to take care of your pet while you go about your other activities. If you have need of a professional pet sitter, Pet Nanny can give your pets the care they need. For more information, call us at 734-981-6108 today or fill out our online contact form for more information.