Springtime Safety for Pet Owners

Spring, like any season, has its share of potential hazards for our four-legged friends. Make yourself aware of these dangers and learn how to avoid them by reading these tips from a Grayson veterinarian.

Spring Cleaning Safety

Planning on having a spring-cleaning session with your pet in the house? It’s probably safest to confine him to another room while you’re using cleaning solutions. Just about all of them contain at least one harmful or toxic ingredient, and pets could be poisoned if they come in contact with the product container or sprays on walls or floors.

Pesticides and Fertilizers

Pesticides help keep bugs off our gardens, and fertilizers promote tall, healthy grass for our lawns. Unfortunately, these products can also be highly dangerous for our beloved pets. Keep pets indoors while you’re spraying chemicals, and don’t let them come in contact with treated grass or plants. Munching on a tuft of treated grass or a sprayed garden plant could introduce poisons into your pet’s system.

Allergies

Notice your pet sniffling and sneezing more as the spring season rolls in? He might be suffering from allergies caused by pollen, dirt, and dust in the air. Call your Grayson veterinarian’s office to ask about allergy medications that will work for your cat or dog.

Springtime Pests

As the weather warms, ticks, fleas, worms, and other pests like to come out of hiding and latch on to our pets. Avoid potentially dangerous and costly infections by keeping your pet on an updated yearly preventative. Your veterinarian can recommend a good flea, tick, and heartworm preventative for your pet.

Outdoor Safety

With the warmer weather, your pet will probably be spending more time outdoors, perhaps going on walks or tagging along on family outings. Make sure your pet’s identification is up-to-date and accurate. If your pet isn’t wearing a collar with ID tags, you should have him microchipped as a form of permanent identification. Ask your veterinary professional for more information on these options.

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