Spring Pet Care

September 5th, 2019

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Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and the weather is warming up. It can only mean one thing, Spring is upon us. Spring brings with it several hazards for your fury friends. We take a look at some of the things that could be harmful to your pet this Spring.

Insects/Parasites
Spring time means there are more stinging insects such as bees flying around and nasty fleas and ticks lurking. Just like us humans, an insect sting can cause an allergic reaction and serious discomfort. It is always best to supervise your pet as best as you can when they are outside. It is also important to stay up to date with preventive treatment for fleas and ticks.

Allergies
The change in season can cause an allergic reaction in dogs and cats as the increase in seeds and pollen enters into their respiratory system too. However, instead of developing sinus problems they are more likely to develop skin irritations. So do not be surprised to see your pet’s skin suddenly become either dry and flaky, or red and sore. If these visual signs show up in your pet, make sure you visit the vet as soon as possible because, just like itchy eyes can make us irritated and grumpy, skin problems can affect your pets mood too.

Poisonous Plants
Flowers and plants look beautiful however a number of them are poisonous to our beloved pets. Not only can they cause serious illness and harm but in some instances even death. For example flowers such as lilies and daffodils are very harmful to our pets. It is always important to check how safe plants are and also if you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant, that you seek medical emergency as soon as possible.

Spring Cleaning
For most of us spring time is a great opportunity to clean and prepare for the warmer days ahead. You must always remember that when using harsh cleaning products around your home, your pets must be kept out of harm’s way. The chemicals found in majority of your cleaning products can be very dangerous to your pets.
If you have any other potentially harmful things that your pet could be exposed to this spring, please comment below.

 

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