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Springtime Safety Tips for Pets

May 1, 2018

After a long winter season, everyone is probably so excited to finally get outside and enjoy some warm weather. The sounds, smells, and sights of my backyard are a joy to sense after spending lots of time indoors all winter. Chances are, if you had some cabin fever this winter, your furry friend did too! You can relax and know your pet friend is safe by following these tips to have a safe season inside and out.

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Outdoors

Buzz Off! We’re all busy, and no one wants an extra trip to the vet. But it’s important to get in touch with your vet to restart heartworm, flea, and tick prevention if you stopped during winter months. Heartworm can be fatal.

Ride safe! I love seeing dogs out running errands with their humans, and it’s more fun for both of them. Your dog may love the open window and wind, but don’t let him stick his head out the window. Insects and dust can cause eye and ear injuries. Instead, keep him restrained while riding in cars with a pet seat belt or in a crate.

Achoo! Like us, dogs and cats can develop allergies. Watch your pet for seasonal allergy signs, even if she’s never had them before. These can be excessive scratching or sniffling and sneezing. If you see your cat or dog with symptoms, contact your vet to discuss safe medication options. There are some human over the counter drugs that you may be able to use after talking with your vet.

Lost and Found Microchip! Losing a dog or cat can be terrifying. Take some time now to save hours of searching and anxiety. Microchipping is the best way to ensure that your dog or cat can be easily identified if they get lost outside.

Indoors

No Sneaking Out! Some screens only have 2 small fasteners that hold them in the window frame. Getting fresh air into your house is great. First check that door and window screens are securely installed so your indoor cat can’t get out though.

Sparkle and Shine – Most of us appreciate a clean house. When doing spring cleaning, keep products away from your pets. Even natural ones can contain ingredients harmful to cats and dogs. Essential oils can be especially dangerous to cats who often cannot metabolize them.

Now that you know how to keep your pets safe both indoors and outdoors, it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather. Have fun!

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