Spring Into Action With Our Spring Pet Safety Reminders!

The air is brimming with the sounds of lawn mowers, building projects, and bees! Without a doubt, spring is a great time to get motivated. Your pet has probably taken notice of the changing seasons and is equally raring to go.

While there are many things to enjoy this time of year, pet owners cannot let their guard down. With our spring pet safety tips in mind, you and your pet can relish the season without illness or injury.

Waking Up

Hopefully, your pet continued to receive their monthly parasite prevention medication throughout the winter. If not, they may quickly become a target for various blood suckers like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. We recommend having your pet tested for heartworm before getting them back on schedule. That way you can take control before the bugs do.

Lurkers

You may have a great deal of yard clean-up to do this spring – and that’s good for your pet! The fewer ideal places for bugs to breed and lie in wait, the better. Minimize overgrowth, bushy areas, and long grassy areas. Prohibit your pet’s access to the compost heap or lawn clippings.

Check your pet when they come inside after any time spent outside. Search for any possible hitchhikers by running your hands over their paws, legs, abdomen, neck, and ears.

Speaking of Yard Work

Fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides are commonly employed this time of year, but can threaten a proactive approach to spring pet safety. If you must use these types of products on your yard, only do so when your pet is indoors and:

  • Allow products to fully dry before your pet walks on the grass.
  • Store any unsealed containers behind closed cabinet doors.

Bloomin’

Please consult this list of flowers that can cause pet poisoning. If toxic flowers grow in your yard, always supervise your pet while outdoors. Before purchasing any popular landscaping plants or bulbs, ensure they cannot cause dangerous symptoms to your pet’s health.

Remember, all types of lilies are treacherous to cats. Easter lilies, while lovely, can cause life-threatening illness and have no place inside a home shared by cats. Knowing the signs of a pet poisoning can make all the difference.

Chocolate Treats

Please be mindful that Easter time chocolate bunnies and other treats pose various risks to pets. Xylitol-sweetened candies and baked goods should never be left out or offered to pets.

Spring Pet Safety

Spring cleaning can mean a lot of nasty chemicals that can cause irritation in pets.

  • Be sure there’s adequate ventilation when cleaning and do not allow your pet to walk on wet surfaces.
  • When not in use, cleaning products must be kept off the floor.
  • Store sealed containers behind closed doors.

Ah-Choo

Like us, pets can be affected by pollen and other triggers this time of year. Itchy skin, constant scratching, ear infections, and inflammation are the signs to watch out for. Please let us know if your pet needs help.

Heat Up Fast

Lastly, to achieve spring pet safety, we must remind you of the dangers of heat stroke. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. Even if it’s merely 70 degrees outside, the inside temperature of a car can exceed 100 degrees in 30 minutes.
If we can assist your further with questions about spring pet safety, Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is always here for you.