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Springtime is one of everyone’s favorite seasons with the blooming flowers, warmer weather, and outdoor recreation. It’s also the time for spring cleanup, lawn and garden prep, and, oh yes, pet safety. Spring pet safety may not be on your radar, but with the endless array of potential things a pet could get into, it should be. 

Since this season is something that should be enjoyable for two- and four-legged friends alike, let’s take a closer look at how you can better protect your pet. Read on for more!

The Problem with Certain Plants

Planting a beautiful lawn and garden this year may be the dream of green thumbs everywhere. And we don’t blame them because that curb appeal adds a little something-something to your home and what’s not to like about gardening? Still, there are some risks for your pet when you plant those flowers, shubs, and trees that are poisonous to them. 

Be aware of some of the popular toxic plants and avoid them:

  • Azalea
  • Yew
  • Oleander
  • Daffodil
  • Crocus
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinth
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Sago palm
  • Cyclamen

Be wary of bringing home any plants that your pet may be curious about, even if you think they won’t eat them. Consult your veterinarian or the list of nontoxic plants on the ASPCA’s website for more information about choosing pet safe varieties. 

Be aware, also that fertilizers, weed killers, and pesticides can present trouble for your furry loved one. Switch to natural remedies, like dishwater soap to discourage insects, and pet friendly lawn and garden sprays. 

Those Pesky Pests

While parasites are around year-round (to our dismay), they are most active during warmer, wetter weather. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are rampant in the spring and there are several diseases they carry that can harm pets (and people, too). Your pet’s annual wellness visit is an important time when your pet will be screened for internal and external parasites, including heartworm, and be prescribed preventive medications tailored to your pet.

Additional dangers this time of year include an uptick in bacterial infections from giardia and Leptospirosis. These diseases are transmitted through infected water and soil from wild animals. Your veterinarian may recommend Leptospirosis vaccine if your pet has greater risk.

Warm Weather Awareness

As the temperatures rise, now is the time to get into the habit of taking water with you when you travel, hike, or walk with your dog. Be mindful of the midday sun when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Dogs and cats are also susceptible to sunburn and heatstroke, so never leave your pet outside without shade and water, or in the car alone (for any length of time). 

Questions About Spring Pet Safety

We are your go-to source for anything related to your pet and their well-being. If you have additional questions about spring pet safety or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to call us.