Spring Hazards for Pets

Spring Hazards for Pets

Winter is finally winding down! As the cold weather gives way to warmer temperatures, many of us will be happily heading outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. Our furry pals also enjoy getting back outside after being cooped up all winter. There’s nothing cuter than watching a dog joyfully running around in the grass! Spring does pose some specific hazards for pet parents to be mindful of, however. Below, a Flushing, MI vet lists some spring dangers that can endanger our beloved animal companions.

Chemicals

Fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and other lawn/garden chemicals are very toxic to our four-legged buddies. Be sure not to expose your furry pal to these dangerous chemicals. Pets can get sick just by walking through a treated area and then licking their paws.

Gardening

If you enjoy gardening, you’ll likely be spending lots of time outdoors in the coming weeks. Choose your plants wisely, as many plants are poisonous to our furry friends. Check the ASPCA site for a list of safe and unsafe plants. Avoid using mulch, particularly cocoa mulch, which is toxic to pets. Other types of mulch are also dangerous, as they pose choking risks and can harbor fleas.

Home Projects

At this time of year, many people roll up their sleeves and give their homes a good spring cleaning. Spring is also a popular time to tackle home repairs, like replacing screens or painting. Use pet-safe chemicals and cleaning products, and don’t leave hazardous items, like tools or nails, lying around.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms all pose serious health risks to your furry best friend. Make sure to keep up on your pet’s parasite control!

Easter Trappings

Chocolate eggs and colorful candies are a beloved part of many Easter traditions. These seasonal items are very dangerous to our four-legged buddies. Keep holiday chocolates, candies, and decorations away from Fido and Fluffy.

Escape

After spending a winter indoors, many frisky pets are eager to run around outside. If you have a dog, make sure your fencing is secure. If you have a cat, be careful of open windows and loose screens: it’s very easy for kitties to accidentally fall through windows! Also, make sure your furry pal is microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local Flushing, MI animal clinic, today!

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