Spring has Sprung

It is now officially spring and that time of year when we come out of hibernation, open our doors and windows and spend more and more time outside with friends, our family and our pets. As a responsible pet owner, you can take a few simple steps to keep your pet healthy and happy.  Here are the top 8 things to watch out for to keep your furry friends happy and healthy this season:

Sticks.  That’s right, sticks. Sticks can cause choking and severe injuries in pet’s mouths and throats. So, if your dog likes to chew and chase, throw a Frisbee, tennis ball or other toy instead.

Poisonous plants. Many dogs like to eat grass, but if your dog likes to chew on other plants now is the time to get out your plant guide. Some plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea or even death, so before you let your pet chomp on any greens, check out a guide to toxic plants.

Spring Cleaning Products.  It’s the perfect occasion to review your cleaning products to make sure they are pet friendly. Be sure to only use and store pet safe products where your furry friends can’t reach. If your pet does consume a toxic cleaning agent, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.

Seasonal allergies affect our pets too. These usually manifest as skin irritations and runny noses. Itchy skin, licking at the base of the tail, paws, face or ears are signs of allergies and can cause a rash. Your vet can give you recommendations on what to do if your pet needs relief.

Flea and ticks.  Your pet isn’t the only one looking forward to going outside in the spring – so are fleas and ticks! Talk to your vet about preventive measures you can take to make sure your pet isn’t affected by these little creatures.

Spring Holidays. There are many celebrations that take place this time of year that present safety issues. Easter chocolates, Easter Lillys, fake grass, and decorations can cause poisoning or intestinal tract blockage, if ingested. Be mindful of where you keep these items and warn those celebrating with you of the potential dangers.

Lost Pets. Now that you’re out and about, make sure your pet can be properly identified if they decide they want to explore on their own. Lost pets need ID tags with current information on them and having an implanted microchip is another layer of protection.  Microchip registration information needs to be up to date. Keep a current photo of your pet for easy identification or in case you have to make flyers.

Contagious diseases. Staying on top of your pet’s vaccinations is especially important during springtime. Our furry friends are spending more time outside with each other and are likely to come across another pet, feral cat, raccoon or rodent. Keeping their vaccinations up to date will help protect your pet from potentially deadly diseases. This is especially important if you own a small puppy or kitten, so be sure not to miss an appointment.

Your friends at Animal Medical Clinic wish you a happy, fun and safe spring!