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Six Pet Safety Tips for Spring

Here in Seattle it feels like spring comes early and stays longer. Our breezy marine climate may have something to do with that! But with every seasonal change comes new health and safety measures to keep in mind for our pets.

Six Spring Safety Tips for Your Pet

  1. Allergies
    New flowers are blooming and weeds are growing. These can cause an uptick in allergies for both humans and pets. For humans, allergies produce sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. For pets, they often cause itchiness, a runny nose, and/or ear infections. You may notice the following with your pets: chewing or licking of paws, red and itchy bumps on their body or shaking and scratching at their ears. These are common signs of seasonal allergies in your pet. Talk to your primary care veterinarian about how you can relieve your pet’s discomfort.
  1. Plants
    Certain plants are toxic to dogs and cats. As your garden blooms be aware of the many plants–such as azaleas and tulips–that can harm your dog or cat if ingested. Many types of lilies are particularly dangerous to cats.For more information about poisonous plants and chemicals, check the poison list at the Pet Poison Helpline. You can filter the list by plant to find information about toxicity levels and the clinical signs to look for if your pet has eaten the plant.
  1. Fertilizers and Pesticides
    Fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals can help create a beautiful garden, but they can be dangerous for pets. Keep these materials out of your pet’s reach. If you have a pet who loves to be outside on the lawn or in the garden, keep an eye on them. And if your dog has a habit of eating dirt, be sure to keep them away from any soil that contains fertilizers and pesticides. We also recommend reading PetMD’s article “Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt?”
  1. Spring Cleaning
    When it’s time to deep clean our home, many of us will pull out those powerhouse cleaners which can contain extremely toxic chemicals, both to humans and animals. When it comes to spring cleaning, think of your pets as young toddlers who like to put everything in their mouths. It’s how they discover and investigate the world around them. Therefore, as responsible pet owners, make sure all household cleansers, including detergents, bleach, peroxide, carpet and rug cleaners, pool cleaners and other chemicals are stored in a closed cabinet where pets can’t reach them. When using cleaners, we recommend securing your pets in a separate room or in their kennel until the cleaning is done and the liquids are dry. Remember, we not only want to prevent ingestion, many times, these cleaners can irritate your pet’s paws and skin.If your pet needs emergency services at any time after ingesting toxic plants or chemicals, please do not hesitate to bring them to Animal Medical Center of Seattle (14810-15th Ave. NE, Suite B, Shoreline, WA 98155, or call 206-204-3366). Animal Medical Center, adjacent to us here at ASCS, is open 24 hours for emergency pet care. 
  1. Microchip
    With more time spent outdoors, now is the time update your pet’s contact information with your pet’s microchip registry. If your pet is not microchipped, look at their collar tags to make sure all the information is up to date,Note: We encourage you to get your pet microchipped. It’s a quick and affordable process that can be done at your primary care veterinarian’s office. Learn more about microchipping here. 
  1. Parasite Prevention
    Warmer weather means an increase in fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. If your pet is not on year-round parasite prevention medication, there is no time like the present to get them on it. April is also National Heartworm Awareness Month. Heartworm, though historically was not commonly found in the PNW, the numbers have been increasing in recent years. The disease, which is transmitted by an infected mosquito, is potentially fatal and difficult to treat, but it is easily preventable with medication. Talk to your veterinarian about the right preventative medication for your pet. And remember; never give parasite prevention medicine meant for dogs to cats. These formulations are made specifically for the species and can be fatal if not used as intended.

We hope you found these spring pet safety tips helpful!

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Spring Pet Safety Infographic

Posted April 24, 2017 by Animal Surgical in Pet Health with No Comments and tagged as , ,

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