Be Aware …..Spring Brings Dangers to Your Pets!

1. Meet-and-Greets

Spring is in the air and your pets are outside more, meeting their neighbors all over again! Cat fight abscesses begin to appear, as your cat and the neighbor’s cat, fight for their territory or go searching for some love! Dog walks and dog park encounters can escalate to guerilla warfare! Be sure to supervise your dog at all times.

2. Spring Food Festivals

Your pets eat more junk in the spring. They eat new grass. Dogs are known to eat any excrement  and some dogs love to munch on bark mulch or even twigs. Supervision is the key!

3. Ticks

Getting your pets protected against fleas and ticks is so important. Just do it to prevent health and skin worries. There are many flea and tick meds on the market, but you should talk to your vet before buying one.

4. Toxic Lawn Treatments

Don’t use unsafe garden products on your own lawn and beware of your neighbor’s toxic garden products too.

5. Toxic Plants and Shrubs

Many plants, if eaten, may cause gastro-intestinal upset. If you have a puppy or a dog or a cat who is notorious for eating anything he finds, be vigilant during blooming seasons. There are many, many poisonous plants or flowers growing in people’s yards.

6. Allergies

Many pets have allergies and will begin to itch from allergens in the air. Check with your vet as soon as your pet begins the “spring itch”.

7. Parvo and Other Contagious Diseases

Warmer weather and closer contact among animals encourage diseases to spread. If left untreated, a parvo outbreak in dogs and upper respiratory viruses in cats, can be very serious. Make sure your pets are up-to-date on the most important vaccines. Be sure to get necessary inoculations, before boarding out your pets.

8. Bugs

Pets can be susceptible to the ever-present threat of an allergic reaction to a bee, wasp, hornet or spider bite. Be aware of the signs or symptoms and get your pet to a vet right away.

9. Intestinal Parasite

Intestinal parasites are more prevalent in warmer weather and climates. Parasites in feces enter the soil and can be picked up more easily by another pet in the spring. Check with your vet to see if your dog or cat is already protected or needs additional stool checks or de-wormers.