Spring means more walks outdoors, fresh air, and happily worn out pets each evening. With all the great things for pets in the spring, it is important to keep them safe from some of the hidden dangers that are unique to this time of year.
Hidden Spring Hazards to Be Aware of to Keep Your Pet Safe
- Easter delights for humans can be a danger for your pet. Plastic eggs are the perfect size for choking hazards, and plastic basket grass does not pass well through the system. Even edible things like chocolate candy and marshmallow treats can cause your pet distress. It is best to keep your pet separate from the Easter festivities, or to set aside a basket for your pup with special treats just for him.
- Most of the many plants that emerge in spring are perfectly safe for your pet. But there are certain ones that can be toxic to your pet. These include American Yew, Amaryllis, Calla Lily, Caladium, Hydrangeas, and Iris. If your pet is tempted by chewing on plants or even eating them, then it is best to be cautious as new ones emerge and bloom with the warmer weather. If your dog or cat does consume a plant you are unsure of, the ASPCA has an animal poison control number: (888) 426-4435.
- Spring cleaning can benefit both you and your pet, but be careful about the products you use because certain chemicals are not only harmful to pets but also smell good to their senses. Anti-freeze from spring car maintenance is a key example of a product that is deadly to pets but also tempting to them. Make sure you put all cleaning chemicals back into a pet safe place when the cleaning is done, and beware of your pet drinking any water run off with the chemicals in it.
- Pest control measures are more important than ever in the spring. Even if your pet is relatively flea and tick free and does not venture far from home, spring is the time to use preventative measures to make sure these pests continue to stay away. Even dogs and cats can get Lyme disease and other tick related illnesses. Mosquitoes can be deadly to your pet as well, as they spread the heartworm parasite. Up to date shots and preventative measures can be life saving.
If you have an concerns about your pet this spring contact us at Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we have over 45 years of experience and will make your pet feel at ease through any procedure.