Happy first day of spring! It may not look like Spring outside just yet, but it’s (hopefully) on its way! We all know how exciting this time of year can be, but we need to make sure we take the proper precautions to keep pets safe. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind this spring:
- Make sure your pet wears an ID tag with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information on it in the event they become lost. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped.
- Don’t allow dogs to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving car windows.
- Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause irritation or burns.
- Enjoying the spring breeze? Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows.
- Beware of lilies: they are highly toxic to cats if ingested. Also, watch out for poisonous flowers: tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs can damage a dog’s mouth and esophagus. Click here to access our fact sheet on poisonous plants and flowers.
- Spring cleaning? Be sure to keep harmful chemicals away from pets.
- Gardening or landscaping? Keep all fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, etc. stored safely away from pets.
- Even dogs suffer from springtime allergies. Know the symptoms so you can treat them effectively.
- Remember to keep pets away from rising water levels in streams and ponds from all the snow that’s melting!
- Don’t let pets drink from puddles while out for a walk. It may upset their stomachs and make them ill.
- Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program.
For more spring safety tips, visit the ASPCA’s fact sheet.