Safety Tips for Pet Owners in the Springtime
Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you start your seasonal chores or outdoor activities, take stock of potential springtime hazards for your fur babies.
Easter Treats and Decorations
Keep decorations and sweets in check—chocolate goodies are extremely toxic to dogs. And be mindful, all animals love to nibble on colourful plastic objects, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration. Moreover, while live bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to buy them—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialised care!
Taking a Road Trip
While most dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to stick their heads out of moving car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets riding in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.
Spring cleaning is a time-honoured tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way. Almost all cleaning products, even all-natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to your fur babies. Read and follow label directions for proper use and storage before you begin spring cleaning your home.
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information.
April rain brings May flowers—and an onslaught of bugs! Make sure your pet is on year-round heart-worm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control programme. Ask your local vet to recommend a plan designed specifically for your baby.