Keeping Your Pet Safe This Spring

Keeping Your Pet Safe This Spring

Finally, spring has arrived. Your pet is probably about as excited as you are to get out and enjoy the warmer weather! Remember, though: spring presents a few health hazards to be aware of. Learn more here from your Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian.

Outdoor Pests

Now that it’s warmer outdoors, pests like fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes have come out of the woodwork and are looking for the first warm-blooded creature they can find. Often, that will be your pet! Be sure that your pet wears a preventative mediation against these critters so that they stay safe from infection or infestation.

Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizer

Do you use pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides on your garden and lawn to keep pests away or promote growth? Keep in mind that such chemicals can do real damage to pets if they manage to ingest them. Don’t let your animal companion come in contact with recently treated plants or grass.

Seasonal Allergies

Human allergy sufferers aren’t the only ones that have to worry about springtime sniffling and sneezing. Cats and dogs, too, can suffer from allergies to pollen, dust, dirt, mold, dander, and more. If you’ve noticed your dog or cat sniffling, sneezing, and scratching as spring rolls around, it may be time to make an appointment at the vet’s office.

Poisonous Plant Life

Before you head outdoors into the garden with your dog, make sure you aren’t planting something hazardous. Various plants and flowers—lilies, tulips, daffodils, the sago palm, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, various aloe plants, ivy, oleander, and much more—can prove harmful to pets who ingest them. Do some research online and ask your vet what sort of poisonous plants are common in your area. Remove them from your garden, landscaping, and home right away to keep your pet safe.

Cleaning Supplies

Planning on doing a little spring cleaning this time of year? Don’t let your pet come into contact with harmful chemicals. Everything from household disinfectants, glass cleaner, and furniture polish to paint thinner, floor cleaner, and air fresheners can harm an animal if they manage to swallow it.

Does your pet need veterinary attention? Would you like to learn more about potential pet toxins in and around your home? The professionals at River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, are here to help. Call the clinic today to set up an appointment for your beloved animal companion.

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