It’s that time of year. The in between the cold, cold winter and the scotching hot summer. The start of something new. The blooming flowers and the earth coming back to life. It’s time to celebrate and enjoy life. From celebrating Easter and Mother’s Day to enjoying a beautiful spring hike outside or a lazy rainy day inside. Before you start your yearly rituals, let’s go over some potential hazards our furry friends can be exposed too.
****If you believe your pet may have potentially come into contact or ingested a poisonous substance. Contact your Veterinarian immediately. You can also contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.****
Toxic Plants and Shrubs
Everyone enjoys getting flowers as gift. They’re a beautiful center piece for the kitchen table and lighten up the room. They bring the spring inside. People usually give them as gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day. But did you know that some flowers that are given around this time of year are highly toxic to our furry friends.
Any type of Lily is highly toxic to our feline friends and they are very commonly given as gifts.
There are many plants that grow outside that an adult dog would pay no mind too. But if you have a rambunctious puppy that likes to put his mouth on things, you might want to double check what’s in your yard.
There are about 425 types of plants that are toxic to cats and about 418 types of plants that are toxic to dogs. Check out the ASPCA Poisonous Plants. This site contains the different plants that your pet could come into contact with. Again if you believe your pet has come into contact with anything that you believe is a hazard or poisonous. Contact your Vet immediately .
Now that it’s spring, you and your pets want to be outside and enjoy the weather. Great time to take your dogs to the dog park. Dog parks are the best thing to dog for you and your dog. Gets you both out and active. Socializing with different dogs and people.
Dog are pack animals and some time enjoy being around other dogs. But what if a dog at the park doesn’t like your dog or if play fighting turns into actual fighting. What can you do? What are the signs of aggressive behaviour?
Our friends at McCann Dogs have tips and tricks about what you can do to keep your furry friend safe while meeting new and old dogs.
Windows and Doors
Now that the weather is better. You probably want to open the doors and windows up and let the fresh air in. Just like you, your pets enjoy the beautiful weather.
Though having the doors and window open can cause hazards on their own. This pertains to cats more than our other furry friends in the house. We all know cats enjoy looking out the window.
Please make sure that your windows and doors are screened and sturdy before opening them, as cats are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows.
House Cleaning and Home Improvement
Once the beautiful flowers start to bloom, everyone gets into the spring cleaning mood. Cleaning or completely redoing a room might bring some hazards to your pets.
Products such as paints, bleach, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pet. These products may also cause major chemical burns or severe skin and eye irritation. Please read the labels first for your safety and your pets. What may cause harm to them may also cause harm to you.
Make sure everything is up and out of the way during use and when finished. If you’re unable to, keep your pets a safe distance from the room that is having work done. Much easier and then you can focus on the work that needs to be done. This will also prevent harm happening to you. If you’re sure about the product that you’re using.
Take a look at the ASPCA Poisonous Household Products, this site contains what can be hazardous to your pet and what you can do if your pet gets themselves into trouble.
Ticks, Fleas and Heatworm Disease
We may sound like a broken record, but it’s the time of year and we want to make sure your pets are safe from everything! (Though every day of the year is just as important to us as well) Dogs and cats are affected by most of the same little creepy crawlies.
That both can get bitten by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Doesn’t matter if they’re inside only, live in the backyard kind of pet or if they enjoy adventuring outside in the forest. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are every where.
As the weather gets warmer, the more of the possibility of contracting an ectoparasite (a bug that lives on the outside of the body) that may cause some serious harm to your pet. From anemia, Lyme disease to Heartworm disease. No pet is safe.
Please speak to your Veterinarian about prevention and if you have any questions that you may have about the diseases that your sweet fur baby may contract due to these parasites.