Every season has unique pros and cons. Spring boasts warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, but intermittent rain showers and allergies can make this time of year a little less pleasant.
There are also potential dangers for your pet during springtime. As you enjoy the weather changes with your pet, remember that preparation is the first step in protecting your pet from these threats.
The extra sunshine makes it more tempting to keep the door open for some fresh air. Close any door that leads to an uncontained area. Your pets could escape through the opening and suddenly find themselves lost outside. Consider installing a microchip under your pet’s skin as a safeguard.
Common cleaning supplies used for household chores are potentially poisonous to pets. As you do your spring cleaning, keep these chemicals out of reach, so your pet doesn’t accidentally ingest them.
Tiny objects/home projects
Maybe spring is the time for your home remodel. The weather is nice, and you’ll hopefully be done in time for some summer house parties. However, if your pet tries to help, they might try to eat nails, tools, wood, or other objects that are left on the ground.
Keep the chocolate eggs away from your dog. Eating chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or death.
Toxic blooming plants
As you admire the beauty of spring, keep a firm grip on the leash, and an attentive eye on your pet. Some plants can be toxic to pets. Even if they aren’t considered toxic, they may still upset your pet’s stomach.
Toxic water from puddles/swimming pools
The occasional spring showers can lead to puddles that aren’t nearly as pure as the water in your pet’s bowl. Drinking stagnant water can cause digestive problems or a more serious bacterial infection called leptospirosis.
Sun exposure and hydration
Too much time in the sun can cause skin damage, sunburns, or skin cancer. Try to avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which is when it has the most strength. Breeds with long hair generally have more protection against the sun, but you should consider veterinarian-approved sunscreen or specialized clothing if your pet has short hair or light skin.
Flea and tick medication is recommended throughout the year to prevent irritation and disease, but it’s especially important as temperatures get warmer. Check your pet for ticks after walking in wooded areas, and don’t allow lapses in their medication.
Bee stings can cause allergic reactions. Try to keep your pets away from plants where bees are pollinating. Be wary of nests around your home.
Mosquitos are another insect that can cause problems for your pets. They transmit heartworm, which is a potentially fatal disease that affects the heart, lungs, and other organs. Prevention is the best policy for heartworm. Talk with your veterinarian about this and any other concerns you have about your pet’s health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets are not believed to be a source of the coronavirus. Experts also say it is very unlikely your pet can contract the virus. The danger of COVID-19 lies in human interaction that involves your pets. If you meet other owners on the street or at a park, maintain at least a six-foot distance between each other. If you touch other pets, it’s recommended that you wash your hands afterward.
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