Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015When it comes to the seasons, you can’t beat springtime. After a long winter, colorful blossoms and sunny days are than more welcome. Unfortunately, parasites and other seasonal risks can put a damper on all the fun. However, you and your fur friend can still enjoy this wonderful time of year by following our springtime pet safety tips.

Road Trips and Outdoor Activities

One of the first things you might want to do as the weather turns warm is travel. This may include a day trip to a beautiful outdoor park or a vacation to a new destination (spring break, anyone?).

When traveling with your pet, keep the following safety precautions in mind:

  • Make sure the destination is truly pet-friendly and that your pet is travel-ready. When in doubt, consider boarding with us.
  • For road trips, don’t forget your pet’s crate or seat belt harness. Bring plenty of water and other daily care essentials.
  • If your plans include hiking, avoid a wildlife encounter by keeping your dog leashed, vaccinated, and supervised. Remember, skunks, coyotes, and other animals can transmit deadly diseases.
  • Microchip your pet and keep ID tags updated. Also spay/neuter your pet if you haven’t already done so (intact animals are more likely to roam).

Lawn and Garden Care

Spring is a great time to tackle the yard and clean up the garden. But wait! Many products can be toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals. Before beautifying your backyard, be aware of the following poisonous products:

  • Mulch containing cacao bean hulls
  • Slug and snail bait
  • Blood and bone meal products
  • Rose care products (often contain organophosphates)
  • Compost (often contains potentially toxic foods and dangerous molds)
  • Plants such as lilies, sego palms, and crocuses

Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes…Oh My!

Although parasites can threaten the health of pets (and people) any time of year, spring is when most fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes come out in droves. That’s why it’s critical to keep your fur friend on a year-round preventive. Remember, administering an over-the-counter product without consulting your veterinarian can place your pet in harm’s way.

Another springtime pet safety tip includes protecting your pal against allergies. If you notice your pet itching, losing fur, sneezing, or developing hot spots, please contact us. There are many great treatment options available to ease the discomfort of your pet’s seasonal allergies.

Springtime Pet Safety: Awareness is Everything

In general, spring means more outdoor time with our pets, which means greater distractions and more risks. From grilling to cleaning the garage, there are many activities that warrant more attention to springtime pet safety. Remember to educate yourself and to contact the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center with any questions.