Our pets are naturally curious creatures, often eating or smelling anything in their path. The spring season sees a resurgence of wildlife, plants and other natural phenomena which can sometimes pose a threat to your pet’s health. Ensure you and your pet enjoy the spring season while staying happy and healthy!
Tip #1 - Be mindful when gardening.
If your pet enjoys a stroll in your own backyard or the local park, be on the lookout for any plants they might try to eat. Colorful flowers look much more appetizing to your pet than they do to us!
Even non-toxic plant matter can cause an upset stomach for your pet. Your best bet is to try and prevent them from eating any plants at all.
However, if your pet cannot be stopped from eating some plants, make sure you know which ones might pose a threat to their health. In particular, certain types of lily can be harmful when eaten by cats. Check out the link above to find some names and images of certain plants that might spell danger.
Tip #2 - Check the temperature.
Pets like dogs are susceptible to suffering in warm temperatures. In some parts of the country, things are already extremely warm by spring.
Be sure to keep your pets hydrated and in ventilated areas at all times. Most people know to avoid leaving them in hot cars or away from shade for any period of time.
Tip #3 - Watch out for allergies.
Just like in humans, spring and summer can bring allergic reactions for pets. Pollen is usually the culprit, but keep an eye on whether your pet seems itchy or bites their own legs. Sometimes, an allergic reaction can manifest as your pet chewing its own paws to relieve an itch.
Consult a veterinarian if you notice your pet showing symptoms of an allergic reaction, but these can usually be remedied with antihistamines taken by humans.
Tip #4 - Ensure all windows and doors are secure.
This might come across as stating the obvious, but pets like cats are sometimes known to jump through unscreened windows. As temperatures rise, you will want to open windows and doors to allow a fresh breeze through your home. Double check that your pets have no ways of escaping or falling through these!