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Springtime Safety Hazards for Dogs and Cats

Finally, spring has really arrived. It’s important to remember that this time of year presents a few hazards for our animal companions! Keep your dog or cat safe with these tips from an Anderson, IN veterinarian:

Outdoor Pests

When the weather warms, pests like fleas, ticks, and worms come out of the woodwork and start causing havoc for our furry friends. The key is keeping your pet up-to-date with proper preventative medications; for most pets, a flea-and-tick medication and a heartworm preventative will do the trick. Talk to your vet if your pet isn’t already set up with these medicines.

Pesticide Products

Do you spray pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or similar products around your lawn or garden? Ensure that your pet isn’t outdoors when you’re spraying chemicals, and never let them come into contact with plants or grass that’s recently been treated. Almost all pesticide products can poison a pet!

Allergies

Did you know that pets, too, can suffer from springtime allergies? Pollen is the most common spring-season allergen, but other substances like dust, dirt, dander, mold, and more can cause reactions as well. If you’ve noticed your pet sniffling and sneezing more than usual in recent months, schedule a visit to your vet’s office. Medications can help your pet stay comfortable throughout allergy season.

Toxic Plants and Flowers

There are all sorts of plants and flowers—indoor and outdoor varieties alike—that can prove harmful to pets! Now that you’re planting your garden and setting up floral arrangements around the house, it’s important that you make sure you’re not harboring anything harmful. The list includes dieffenbachia, elephant ear, philodendron, azalea, lilies, tulips, daffodils, ivy, oleander, the sago palm, and much more. Talk to your vet to find out what kind of toxic plant life is common in your area, and visit the ASPCA’s website for a full list.

Escape

Often, we open doors and windows during the springtime to allow a refreshing breeze into our homes. This might give your pet an opportunity for escape! Ensure that your animal companion is properly identified with ID tags on the collar, a microchip, or both. This way, even if an unexpected escape occurs, you’ll have the greatest chance of your pet getting returned home safe and sound.

Does your pet need pest-control medicines or a microchip? We’re always here to help! Set up an appointment at your Anderson, IN veterinary clinic today.

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