Spring is a fun time for pets as the weather warms up and more time is spent outside playing with family and taking walks. However, like every season, there are some dangers for pets. Spring dangers for pets may catch some pet owners off guard. Learn what you need to watch for to keep your pet safe.
As Easter approaches, it's important to remember that many of the items placed in Easter baskets can be dangerous to pets. This includes the artificial grass that many people love to use as filler in baskets. This material is especially tempting for cats but can cause intestinal blockages which can lead to vomiting, dehydration, and even death. Another danger during Easter is chocolate which is often included in Easter baskets. Chocolate is toxic for both dogs and cats and can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting and excessive thirst, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, and death. As far as sugar-free treats go, keep them far away from your pets. Even a small amount of sugar-free candy that contains Xylitol can be deadly to dogs and cats.
As pet owners prepare their lawn and landscape beds for spring planting, be sure to keep pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizer out of reach for your pets. Follow directions on these products and be sure not to allow your pets to walk on areas that have been recently treated for weeds or fertilized. The pads on your dog or cat's paws can allow toxins to be absorbed into their systems. Additionally, pets often lick their paws which can also lead to ingestion. Chemicals such as these are common spring dangers for pets.
Spring plants can be beautiful additions to your yard, but there are some you should avoid planting or bringing into your home, including Lillies. Easter is another time in which Lillies are popular, however, they are highly toxic to cats and can be toxic to dogs. Crocus, Azalea, and Butterfly Iris are common spring plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats. Be sure to research plants before investing in them for your yard.
Fleas, ticks, and even mosquitos can start to appear in the spring as well. Make sure your pet has updated flea and tick medications and receives monthly heartworm medication. After your pet spends time outdoors be sure to check their paws and in-between their toes for ticks, in addition to around their ears and neck.
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