Everyone like to plant in the spring, but please remember those beautiful
flowers/plants can be toxic to pets. Some of the most common flower/plant are
Azalea, Crocus, Ferns, Foxglove, Tulip, and Hyacinth. Check out this link for more helpful
information - www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.
Making Your Garden
Grow- Please remember the fertilizer and weed killers, and Pesticides we
use to keep our flowers/plants growing and safe from insects are also dangerous
to pets. Did you know Mexican Marigolds
are a natural insect repellant and safe to use around pets.
Before Going Artificial-
Decided to forego real flowers/plant, remember artificial can be just as
dangerous to pets. Some pets find silk flowers taste just as good. Silk
flower/plants can lead to intestinal blockages, kidney or liver failure, even
Thinking About Playing Outside- Sticks
will now be readily available after the winter thaw. They can cause serious
injuries, not only choking but they may become stuck in the throats. If you
like playing fetch try using a tennis ball or Frisbee.
On Attack- Allergies usually show up as skin problems, but can also
cause sneezing for pets. Pets can show signs year around if what they are
allergic to is always in the environment. Most common allergies are to plant
pollens, grasses, dust, and foods.
Critters- Spring means warmer weather, more chances to go to the park or
to go hiking. Please remember the potential for your dog picking up fleas/ticks;
please keep pets on flea/tick medication year round. Also the chance for bee
stings, and insect bites that may cause your pet to have a reaction.
Getting Lose While
Outdoors- Remember there
is an increased risk of your pet getting lose while outside during warmer
weather. Please make sure your pets are microchiped or have an identification
tag on. Also that your contact
information is up to date (i.e.
phone numbers, address, any other information)
Truck Bed Safety- Never let your dog ride in an open
truck bed. If your pet must ride in the back of the truck, make sure you
confine them in a pet kennel secured to the truck walls. Not only getting
tossed out of the truck bed a danger, but the heated metal of the floor can
burn them. You also have to watch them for signs of heat stroke, from being
left in the hot weather.
Heads And Paws Inside
Car At All Times- Most
dogs like to stick their heads out an open car window, the wind can irritate
their mucous membranes, and pieces of grit can get into their eyes. Also
insects or other road debris can blow and get lodge into nasal passages, and
windpipes. Some debris may need to be removed by a veterinary, and could leave
permanent damage to pet’s eyes, nose, and throat.
– Most of us know to keep an eye out for antifreeze in the winter, but you also
have to watch out in the warmer months too. Pets like to lick up water from
puddles, and some puddles may contain antifreeze which is extremely toxic.
Spring Time Clean
Out – A lot of us preform the annual spring cleaning of our homes, but
please remember the chemicals in cleaners can be dangerous to pets. Please keep
all cleaner up and out of pets reach. Also read cleaners labels and follow
directions carefully to avoid pets licking surfaces just cleaned. We all like
to open windows to air out the house after being closed up all winter, make
sure screens are still secure so pets especially cats do not fall out.
Sprucing up – Home improvements are more likely
to happen in spring and summer months. Be care full using paints, nails or
staples, and power tools around pets. These items can cause burns, and other physical injuries
to beloved furry family members.