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Spring Safety Tips For Pet Parents

It’s time to say goodbye to winter and say hello to spring! In springtime, plants start to grow and flowers begin to bloom. Days stretch longer and the weather gets warmer,

which is the perfect reason to go out and have fun. We all anticipate the holidays, plan home improvements and spring cleaning, but don’t forget about your furry best friends! During spring, there are potential hazards for your pet that we need to watch out for. Here are some seasonal tips that will help keep your pets safe:

  • Windows should have screens

This season, windows are usually open to welcome the cool breeze of spring. Unfortunately, this poses a great threat to your pets when they’re open. Your pets might jump or fall through unscreened windows and end up injured.

  • Protect those paws

Paws are very sensitive to heat. Before walking your pet outside, check the pavement if it’s too hot. Place the back of your hand on the pavement and if you can’t hold it there for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.

  • Start flea and tick prevention early

It is highly recommended to keep your pets on year-round flea and tick preventive medication. Speak with your vet for a preventive plan designed specifically for your pet.

  • Watch out for seasonal allergies

Some pets develop allergies caused by food, dust, plants or pollen. Your pet may have an allergic reaction like minor sniffling or sneezing. Visit your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy.

  • Spring cleaning

It is usually a tradition in many households to participate in general cleaning during the spring. Remember to use pet-friendly products or follow the label directions for proper usage and storage. If your pet ingests a household cleaner, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Buy your own fetch stick or frisbee

Stay away from sticks that are now readily available after the winter thaw. They can cause choking or severe injuries in your pet’s mouth and throat. Pack a frisbee, a chew toy or buy a fetch stick!

  • Keep Easter decorations and treats out of reach

Lilies and chocolates are hazardous for your pet. They are toxic and may be fatal to your pet!

  • Stay hydrated and be aware of heat stroke

Pets should have access to fresh water at all times. This can prevent your pet’s body temperature to rise too much, making them prone to heat stroke.

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