Top 5 Spring Safety Tips For Your Pets

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Winter is over and your pets are raring to run outside and bask in the sun! Before you let them out to play and frolic, there are certain safety reminders you must familiarize yourself with to minimize danger risks for your pets. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to know all the possible health scenarios your pet might face during the summer season. Here are some of the most common safety tips to remember so your pets can have a blast this spring!

  1. Update your pet’s vaccines.

Now that your pet will be spending more time in the great outdoors, it’s also the perfect time to talk to your neighborhood vet about updating your pet’s vaccine shots. If you own a puppy less than a year old, get a 5-in-1 booster shot that will fortify your pup’s immune system against the Parvo virus, influenza, leptospirosis, and more. If your little friend is on the hairy side, it would be best to get an immunization shot against ticks and fleas as long-haired animals are more susceptible to diseases brought about by these parasites.

Other health risks prevalent in the springtime include allergic dermatitis, anemia, tapeworms, erlichiosis, Lyme disease, and spotted fever. Make sure to give your pet the needed protection against these terrible diseases by doing updated medical work with your vet.

  1. It’s time to groom your pets!

The winter months might have been too cold for your pet to take a bath, or some owners might have intentionally let their pet’s fur grow out for added insulation. Whatever the reason may be, the winter season just does not prove to be an ideal month for pet grooming. Hence, the coming of spring signals the need to get back on track with standard pet grooming!

  • Check your pet’s skin and coat for flaking, dryness, oiliness and other signs of irritation. These conditions can commonly be treated with a vet-approved shampoo.
  • Check for foul odors coming from your pet’s mouth, ears, and other parts of their bodies. Foul smells occur when your pet may be harboring an infection, or when your pet is experiencing internal problems such as kidney disease and diabetes.
  1. Watch out for plants that cause allergies.

Before you let your pet run around freely, make sure to check your yard for new plant or fungi growth. Around 700 species of harmful plants and fungi can grow in the common yard, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for signs of any of these flora:

  • azaleas
  • tomatoes
  • bulbous plants like daffodils
  • castor beans
  • oleander
  • rhubarb
  • mushrooms and other fungi

It may be hard to believe that some of these common shrubs and flowers can actually be toxic to dogs and cats. It is recommended that you put fencing around these plants so your pet will know to keep out of the area.

  1. Don’t do spring-cleaning with your pets around.

Plants aren’t the only things that could possibly be toxic for your pets. Household cleaning items such as bleach, floor wax, furniture cleaners, and a variety of other chemical products can be very poisonous when accidentally ingested by your pet. Before you begin your annual spring-cleaning routine, be sure that your pet is out of sight. Moreover, don’t forget to store these chemicals in a safe place that your pet won’t find.

  1. Hire a professional pet sitter.

If you’ve decided on embarking on a spring cleaning spree at home, or if you have plans of remodeling your home to match the freshness of spring, it is better to get in touch with a pet sitter so your pets can steer clear from harmful chemicals, paints and thinners. It will also be tricky to fulfill your home improvement projects with your pets running around, seeking your attention.

To make the most out of your spring projects, get in touch with Pet Nanny and we’ll look after your pets as you get busy making your home a better place for you and your pets. Call us at 734-981-6108 today!

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