As the weather gets warmer and wetter, and the flowers and trees start to bloom, spring is on the way! The days are getting brighter, which means that we and our pets get to spend more and more time outside. Here are a few things to look out for when it comes to spring time with our pets.
- Plants: Some common garden plants and flowers can actually be toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure that you have a pet friendly garden, and be careful when letting them sniff around other people’s yards. Some of these plants include: azaleas, lilies, rhododendrons, daffodils, and tulips. Also be sure to keep an eye out for yards that have been treated with fertilizer or weed killer, as these can also make your pet sick.
- Ticks: Warmer days mean that the ticks will start to come out again. Be sure to use flea and tick treatment on your dog or cat, and check them regularly for any that may be attached after a day outside.
- New Friends: With more people out with their pets there are many new friends to make. Be cautious when introducing your pet to someone else’s, as it can be hard to judge how they will act towards each other. If you have a dog, keep them both on the leash at first so that you can pull them apart if needed.
- Preventatives: Making new friends can also open the door for some diseases and viruses. Things like parvo virus, kennel cough, or just respiratory infections. To prevent these sometimes serious diseases, be sure to keep up to date on your pet’s vaccines with your veterinarian.
- Allergies: Just as allergies are a regular annoyance for us, they can also be a problem in our pets. Allergies won’t always present themselves in pets as sneezing, they may cause your pet to start scratching incessantly at their skin. Once you start to notice excessive scratching in your pet be sure to bring them in to your veterinarian to get them checked out.