The first day of spring is only a week away! Many of our furry patients are delighted to be able to get back outside, and partake in fun warm-weather activities like rolling around in yards and chasing butterflies around. LIke any other season, spring does have a few key dangers for pet owners to be aware of. A local Spring Hill, TN vet lists some of the biggest ones in this article.
Easter isn’t far off. Like many other festive events, the spring holiday has its own trappings … many of which are unsafe for pets. Chocolate is one big concern. Other dangers include small candies and candy wrappers, plastic eggs, ribbons, and that plastic ‘grass’ that often comes in Easter baskets. If you’re hosting an egg hunt, be sure to pick up any missed eggs before your dog finds them!
Once the weather warms up, insects and parasites will be out in full force. Many carry diseases that can make you and/or your furry friend quite sick. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are the most common dangers, but they aren’t the only ones. Keep up with your pet’s vaccinations and parasite control.
Many gardeners absolutely love spring, and who can blame them? It’s nice to get back outdoors and enjoy some sunlight and fresh air. However, you’ll need to make sure that your furry friend doesn’t come into contact with harmful chemicals. Pesticide, fertilizer, slug bait, and fungicides are a few products that can be extremely dangerous to pets. Fido and Fluffy can ingest these products just by walking through a recently-treated area and then licking their fur. You’ll also need to be careful as you start planting things. Many bulbed plants, such as daffodils and tulips, are toxic to pets. Check the ASPCA website here for a full list of safe and unsafe options.
In spring, many of the creatures that were hibernating or just hiding out throughout winter will soon start emerging. The possible risks to pets include small issues, such as bee stings, to more serious hazards, such as snake bites. Don’t let your furry buddy explore areas that could be housing wild animals. We also recommend keeping cats safe and sound indoors.
Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Spring Hill, TN animal clinic, today!