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 schedule
   an appointment.

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 your
   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 not
   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!



Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and happy:


   If chewed and swallowed, intestinal
   problems. Boiled eggs that are old can
   make pets sick, too.

   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
   very sick.

   Too much is very bad, and the foil wrapping is dangerous, too.

   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

   Although beautiful and festive, they are one of the most poisonous
   plants for pets, and especially for cats.

   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.

   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!



Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt

Is when it brings the children out.

-Edgar Guest



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