6 Spring Hazards for Your Pet
The weather is finally changing and flowers are starting to spring up, grass is getting greener and the promise of Spring is here! Along with the coming of spring are some dangers your pet may be exposed to.
Toxic plantsSpring means more flowers and plants, some of which might be unsafe for your pet. Lilies are a popular springtime plant but are very toxic to your pet. You should also take precautions with the plants you are putting in your garden. Read our list for some unsafe plants (and some safe ones).
PesticidesIt's time to get some yard work done! However some lawn care and gardening products can be hazardous. Please be mindful of your pets when you are using pesticides or fertilizers that can be harmful to your pet. Also avoid using cocoa bean mulch in areas of your yard your pet might be drawn to.
Tips to make your backyard dog-friendly
Spring CleaningHousehold cleaning products can be a poisonous threat to your pet! Anything that contains bleach, ammonia, chlorine or other irritants can be a danger to our pets. If you need to use these chemicals, make sure your pet doesn't have access to the area it was used until the substance is gone.
AllergiesSeasonal plants and pollen can cause allergic reactions, not just in our humans, but also in our pets. Sometimes these are caused by grass or pollen, other times it could be the food they are eating! Talk to your vet if you notice irritation. Read our blog on seasonal pet allergies.
Lost PetsMore outdoor time means an increased risk your pet might get lost. Check your microchip and tag information is up to date.
It is also a good idea to check your fence line for any sections that might have weakened over the winter.
Various types of Pet ID
Microchipping Your Pet
Tips for a Lost Pet
Parasites - Fleas, Ticks, and GiardiaIf you use seasonal parasite preventatives for fleas and ticks, it's time to begin using them again as soon as the snow starts to melt.
Giardia is a very common parasite in dogs. They can be exposed to it any time they are near another dog's fecal matter - dog parks, kennels, or doggy day care. Giardia survives the winter freeze/thaw cycle, so it is a year-round threat, especially when the snow starts to melt.
Myths and Facts about Ticks
How to Safely Remove a Tick
Places Your Dog May be Exposed to Ticks