Have a Pet Safe Spring!
What has certainly been a LONG winter will soon be coming to a close. Colorful blossoms and sunny days are more than welcome and hopefully will be here soon. Spring is right around the corner! Unfortunately, parasites and other seasonal risks can put a damper on all the fun. However, you and your furry friend can still look forward to this wonderful time of year by following some of these basic springtime pet safety guidelines.
Road Trips and Outdoor Activities
One of the first things you may want to do as the weather turns warm is travel. This may include a day trip to a beautiful outdoor park or a vacation to a new destination (spring break, anyone?). When traveling with your pet, keep the following safety precautions in mind:
· Make sure the destination is truly pet-friendly and that your pet is travel-ready. When in doubt, consider a good boarding facility.
· For road trips, don’t forget your pet’s crate or seatbelt harness. Bring plenty of water and other daily care essentials.
· If your plans include hiking, avoid a wildlife encounter by keeping your dog leashed, vaccinated, and supervised. Remember, skunks, coyotes, and other animals can transmit deadly diseases.
· Microchip your pet and keep ID tags updated.
Lawn and Garden Care
Spring is a great time to tackle the yard and clean up the garden. But wait! Many products can be toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals. Before beautifying your backyard, be aware of the following poisonous products:
· Mulch containing cacao bean hulls
· Slug and snail bait
· Rose care products
· Compost (often contains potentially toxic foods and dangerous molds)
· Plants such as lilies, sego palms, and crocuses
· Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes…Oh My!
Although parasites can threaten the health of pets (and people) any time of year, spring can be when most fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes come out in droves. That’s why it’s critical to keep your furry pal on a year-round preventive. Remember, administering an over-the-counter product without consulting your veterinarian can place your pet in harm’s way.
Another springtime risk to keep in mind includes protecting your pal against allergies. If you notice your pet itching, losing fur, sneezing, or developing hot spots, please contact your Veterinarian. There are many great treatment options available to ease the discomfort of your pet’s seasonal allergies.
In general, spring means more outdoor time with our pets, which means greater distractions and more risks. If you are in doubt, remember to contact your Vet about any products that could be harmful to your pet.
We hope these tips can help you spend more quality time with your pet and enjoy a much deserved springtime. Remember awareness and preventative action is everything!