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Many of us associate spring with longer days and warmer weather but for our pets it can spell disaster. Many have been stuck inside all winter and suddenly there is brand new exposure to toxins, irritants and even animals that have come out of hibernation. In honor of a brand new season we are going to discuss dangers to look out for in order to keep your pet happy and healthy during this time of year.
When playing with your dog be sure to use toys and that are pet friendly and don’t ever toss a stick for him to retrieve as these could splinter in his mouth and become lodged in his digestive tract.
The chocolate the Easter Bunny leaves for our children is quite tasty but it can be dangerous for dogs. Chocolate eggs and bunnies are toxic for dogs, even if consumed in small amounts. Easter grass can cause digestive issues as well if ingested by your cat which means it is best to keep baskets away from nosy paws. Even small toys that are ingested may pose a hazard to pets.
Dogs and cats are also susceptible to seasonal allergies, especially dust, mold and even pollen. Allergy symptoms include sneezing, coughing, excessive scratching, licking and even chewing. If you suspect that your pet might have an allergy it’s best to consult your veterinarian for advice.
While humans enjoy the scent of fresh cut flowers these bouquets can often be fatal to our pets. Flowers that are toxic to all pets include lilies. The entire plant, from the pollen, to the flower, to the leaves, all are toxic, especially to cats. It’s best not to have lilies in the house but if you do, keep them out of reach of your cat.
While your pet is outside be sure he doesn’t overheat while playing. He should have access to fresh water and shade where he can take a break from the sun. Never leave your pet unattended, even for a moment, especially in the car where temperatures can soar in a matter of minutes.
Spring brings out the creepy-crawlies such as fleas and ticks. It’s important to keep your dog on heartworm treatment all year round but even more so during the warmer months of the year. If you’ve recently taken your dog for a walk in the woods be sure to check him for ticks, and yourself, as well.
Seat belts are important not only for humans, but for their dogs as well. It doesn’t matter how short or long your trip, it’s best to always make sure everyone in the car is buckled up tight. Keeping your dog buckled up ensures that he won’t fall out or get hit by flying debris if he happens to stick his head out the window. Never let your dog ride in the back of a pick-up truck.
Spring is a good time to check your dogs leash, harness and collar. If you see a tear in any of them or they don’t fit as well as last year, this is a good time to replace them. It only takes one tug for a leash to snap in half. This could mean an unwanted tragedy for both dog and human.
Spring cleaning can be a wonderful thing to do but certain chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach can be harmful to your pet. Even natural and organic problems have been known to cause digestive issues so be sure to keep your pet away from any areas that have just been cleaned and allow all surfaces to dry first.
Did you know that each year more than 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized? Spring is known as kitten season because it’s the prime time of the year for cats to mate. It’s best to have all pets spayed and neutered to avoid an unwanted animal pregnancy.
When planting flowers in your yard it’s best to avoid flowers such as azaleas and rhododendrums which are toxic to pets. Use caution, as well, when using fertilizers or pesticides on your lawn as these can be toxic as well.
As tempting as water puddles are for pets, they are also a breeding ground for bacteria like Lepotsporosis. You can avoid gastrointestinal issues by not allowing your dog to drink stagnant water.
Anything that has the power to kill rats and mice also has the power to kill your cat. Watch your dog or cat and if you notice possible symptoms of poisoning don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian immediately.
Today we would like to thank http://www.petmd.com for helping us write this post. Be sure to visit their website to learn more tips on how to keep your pet happy and healthy for a lifetime.
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