Pet Safety Tips During Springtime!
Pet Safety Tips During Springtime!
For many the Spring season is a that time of year where one attempts to complete those much needed home improvements and all effort is made to clean out all excessive clutter.
The Spring season should not only be directed to the cleaning or home improvement but rather should also in some way be an opportunity to take care of your pet safety needs during and after this season. The weather one encounters during this time can prove to be not-so fun for your furry curious pet friends. So, before you embark on your seasonal chores or outdoor cleaning frenzy take inventory for potential springtime hazards your delicate pet friend my encounter in and around your home. The following seasonal tips are available to you whom ASPCA experts have come up with to help you prevent mishaps or misfortunes.
Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.
While every pet parent knows dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
Home Improvement 101
Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.
Let Your Garden Grow—With Care
Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Check out our full list of garden care tips.
Like their sneezy human counterparts, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Pesky Little Critters
April showers bring May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet.
Out and About
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.
Peace for your pets
Consider your pets when planning Easter gatherings. Loud noises, sudden movements by excited children and large groups of people can be highly stressful to pets. Your pet may not want to participate in the neighborhood Easter egg hunt or family dinner and may prefer to hang out in a quiet area of the house during the celebration. But don’t leave your pets out of the fun – prepare a special pet-friendly Easter basket for them with special treats and toys.
The above tips are provided by webstervet.com and are additionally referenced by ASPCA