Spring is finally here, and this means that you and your pet will be spending more time outside. Whether it is long walks, visits to the dog park, or hanging out around the house, safety is key to a happy springtime with your pet.
Here are some tips:
• Schedule annual pet checkup. Make sure all shots are up to date.
> If you plan to hike in the countryside, or live in the foothills or mountains,
please be sure to ask us for information about rattlesnake vaccinations.
• Allergies? If you pet is scratching its ears, or sneezing, call us to
• Grooming: help your pet shed that old winter coat with a daily brushing,
maybe a trip to the groomers, and trip to us for nail trimming and talk about
flea and tick season.
• Keep workouts/walks to a minimum until your pet regains strength from a
long winter's rest. Be aware of warming temperatures, too.
• Visiting the local Dog Park? Know the rules!
• If you are doing spring cleaning, be careful of cleaning supplies that
pets can get to, and remember to keep pets safe.
• Want to add a new houseplant? Dogs and cats can get very sick nibbling on
an interesting new plant. Know which plants are dangerous!
• Although you'd like to take your pet shopping with you in your car, that is
a good idea. Even a springtime sun can create a hot temperature inside your
car. Best to leave them at home and instead bring home a treat for them.
• Wash pet bedding to keep fur and dirt at a minimum in your home.
You'll like it and your pets will appreciate it, too.
☑ ASPCA Springtime Safety Tips
☑ ASPCA Guide To Pet-Safe Gardening
☑ ASPCA Guide To Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants
❤ If your pet develops strange behavior in springtime weather,
or you think it may have been bitten by something,
take your pet to EMERGENCY right away.
This is an extremely serious situation!
EASTER, A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR...
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and happy:
• PLASTIC EASTER EGGS:
If chewed and swallowed, intestinal
problems. Boiled eggs that are old can
make pets sick, too.
• EASTER GRASS:
Hazardous to pets causing instestinal problems.
Most adults know this is dangerous, but children (in the spirit of
sharing) should be informed that this can cause their pets to become
Too much is very bad, and the foil wrapping is dangerous, too.
• EASTER TOYS:
Small toys can be a choking hazard for your pets, so it would
be best to keep pets in another room when Easter baskets are being
• EASTER LILIES:
Although beautiful and festive, they are one of the most poisonous
plants for pets, and especially for cats.
• HOLIDAY CROWDS:
If your pet is uncomfortable around large groups of people, you might want
to consider putting them in another room with food and water. This will help
keep your gathering trouble free, and your pets less stressed.
• BABY ANIMALS:
Because of our love of the small critters in our lives, allow us to caution
you about buying live chicks, ducks, and rabbits for a holiday gift. These
tender creatures will grow into adults requiring full time care. Sometimes
they carry disease that can transfer to you, your family, and your pets.
Make your decision wisely!