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Springtime Pet Hazards

When the weather starts to become more agreeable after the harsh winter, it’s exciting to get outdoors with your animal companion. Remember that springtime presents a few pet hazards to be aware of! Below, your Georgian Bay, ON vet elaborates.

Allergens

If you or someone you know suffers from spring allergies, you know how frustrating this season can sometimes be. Did you know that pets, too, can suffer from allergies this time of year? Our animal friends can react to allergens like pollen, mold, dirt, dust, dander, and much more. If you’ve noticed your cat or dog sniffling and sneezing more than usual as spring goes on, it’s worth a call to your veterinarian’s office. With proper medication and some simple avoidance techniques, your pet can feel more comfortable in no time!

Pests

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, parasitic worms… there are plenty of common pests out there that become active in the warmer weather, and they can transmit dangerous disease or cause hard-to-eradicate infestations. Have your pet wear seasonal or year-round preventive medications to avoid the danger; call your vet’s office today if your pet isn’t already set up with such measures.

Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides

Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and similar products are often used in the springtime to keep gardens, lawns, and landscaping lush, green, and pest-free. Remember, though—these products aren’t safe for ingestion by pets! Never allow a pet to munch on freshly treated grass or plant life; keep pets indoors if you’re spraying harmful chemicals, and don’t let them out until long after fumes have dissipated.

Poisonous Plants

Now that your pet will likely be spending more time outside, it’s important to consider the plant life he or she may encounter. There are all sorts of poisonous plants and flowers out there, including dieffenbachia, elephant ear, various aloe plants, lilies, daffodils, tulips, ivy, oleander, azalea or rhododendron, and much more. Ask your vet what kinds of dangerous plants are common where you live, and remove them from your property if necessary.

Cleaning Supplies

Doing a little spring cleaning this year? Almost any typical household cleaning product contains at least one ingredient that could harm a pet. It’s important that you keep the supply closet shut tight at all times so that a pet can’t access the chemicals inside.

Would you like more information on keeping your pet safe as the weather warms? Contact your Georgian Bay, ON veterinarian.

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