As the snow begins to melt, and warmer weather begins to appear, it’s time to begin thinking about some important springtime pet safety tips. By thinking ahead, and considering how to make your home and yard safer for your furry animal members, you’ll be ready to enjoy the beautiful weather without fear! Let’s get started.
#1. Keep Harmful Foods Out of Their Reach
Breaking out the grill and hosting your family and friends is a perfect springtime activity. However, it’s important to keep the following foods out of reach from your pets:
Common Barbeque Foods that Pose a Risk to Pets
- Bones from meat scraps may splinter and cause digestive damage.
- Avocado plants, along with onions, should not be consumed by your pets.
- Salty items including chips, pretzels, and hot dogs can result in dehydration.
- Corn on the cob may be a potential choking hazard and also cause G.I. obstruction in our pets.
- Other indulgences including chocolate and alcohol are also harmful to your cats and dogs.
#2. Common Plants to Keep Away from Pets
Next, it’s important to identify common plants to keep away from your pets throughout the spring months. You may be surprised to learn that several flowers and shrubs in your backyard, as well as potted plants in your home, may be toxic for your pet.
Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats:
- Spring Crocus
- Tulip Bulbs
- Sago Palms
- Aloe Vera
- Bleeding Hearts
- Iris Bulbs
To learn more about the harmful effects of each of these plants and flowers for your pets, be sure to read our previous blog post!
Please note, if your animal has ingested any of the above, please contact our office immediately and set up an appointment with us. The sooner we can treat your pet, the better.
#3. Say No to Fleas!
A flea infestation can be both time consuming and frustrating for a pet owner to battle. Unfortunately, fleas lay eggs which hatch in the warm, humid conditions of spring. We find the greatest frequency of flea infestations are in the spring. The good news is that there are a few different ways to help prevent your pet from getting fleas:
- Clean your cat or dog’s sleeping area every week
- Vacuum carpet, floors and furniture
- Inspect your pet for flea “dirt” on a regular basis
- Use an appropriate flea preventative on a continual basis
#4. Combatting Tick Bites
Tick bites are also a concern for pet owners in the spring time, as well. If your pet has been bit by a tick, proper antibiotics usually do the trick with a follow up care protocol. Our office will also help you determine whether or not your pet has contracted Lyme disease from the bite, so you’re able to properly treat it if so.
- Some, but not all dogs can be vaccinated to prevent Lyme disease. Typically, there is a follow-up booster 2-4 weeks later and annual boosters thereafter. Unfortunately, there is no preventative vaccine for cats.
- Ticks can be found in tall grassy areas, marshes and wooded areas. Mow your lawn regularly and cut shrubbery near your home.
- There are a number of great tick preventatives – either oral or topical. We are happy to advise you on the proper one for your pet. Make sure that you use tick preventatives correctly.