Seasonal Pet Care Tip from Community Animal Hospital
Spring Pet Safety Tips
Spring is a welcome relief after a long, gloomy winter, but it has its own share of pet safety hazards. Poisonous plants and flowers, parasites, lawn fertilizer, pesticides, and other toxins abound, and the weather can cause problems, too.
See our list of tips below to keep your pet on the straight and narrow this spring season, and let us know if you have any questions by calling (508) 753-7077!
- Parasites: Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are in full force now that the temperature is above freezing. That being said, pets should stay on their pest preventatives all 12 months of the year. Skipping a dose can lower your pet's protection and increase their risk of becoming infected. Be sure to stock up on preventatives for your dog or cat, and keep your home--both inside and outside--as tidy as possible. Clear away brush, woodpiles, branches, and tall grass around your property and consider leaving your shoes on the porch or in the garage before coming inside. Also, avoid walking your pet through wooded areas and tall grasses, where ticks may be lying in wait.
- Plants: While many pets couldn't care one way or the other about plants, even minor exposure to them can cause problems. Hemlock, poison ivy, oleander, azalea, rhododendron, and virtually any type of lily can be mildly or severely toxic to your pet if ingested. Avoid bringing any of these plants into your home or leaving uprooted plants sitting where your pet can reach them.
- Pesticides: Insecticides and rodenticides are both quite toxic and should be removed and carefully disposed of if found anywhere around or near your home. Rat poison is especially deadly.
- Thunderstorms: If your pet is naturally anxious, thunderstorms can be a big problem for them. In some cases, pets may try to run away and escape during a thunderstorm in an attempt to get away from the noise. If this happens, they could get lost. Secure your home and talk to us about options you can try to keep your pet calm during storms and consider having them microchipped too if they haven't been already.
If you need any other tips for protecting your pet this spring, be sure to give us a call and we'll be happy to help you!