Despite the cold, wintery weather Ontario’s been having – it’s officially spring! We want you to fully enjoy the new season with your pets, so here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
Spring safety tips
Here are some safety highlights from our blog Spring dangers for pets:
Fluctuating temperatures: The shifting temperatures may have you wondering how long to leave your pet outside. Watch the wind chill and be aware of if your pet is trying to tell you they’re too cold.
What’s beneath the snow? There may be some squirrel food or bird feces that has been on your lawn since November and has now fermented for months. It’s important your pets are kept away from eating that.
Beware of salt: When the ice and snow are melting, this creates salty water, even if roads haven’t been salted recently. When you’re on a walk, it may just look like sand, but there’s actually salt mixed in. Salt can act as a local irritant, but if it dries and irritates your pet they’ll start licking it too and that can cause more problems.
Poisonous plants: When the soil becomes warm and fragrant in the spring, animals are drawn to the smell of flowers and can eat the poisonous bulbs. For a list of poisonous plants and flowers, check out the Ontario SPCA’s factsheet.
Wildlife: Spring is an active time for wildlife. It’s the beginning of mating season, which means about a month from now litters will start being born. Be vigilant on walks with your pets and avoid wildlife!
Fleas: Flea season is pretty much year round now because there isn’t heavy enough freezing for them to die off. Outdoor hunting cats will be exposed to mice that carry fleas and tapeworm. If your cat interacts with them, they could get fleas too. Consult your veterinarian to find out the best flea medication for your pet.