Pet Safety for Spring

Springtime is rolling around, and with it comes a new set of pet hazards that we may not have had to worry about in the winter. Follow the tips below from a Colorado Springs veterinarian.

Garden Safely

If you’re planning on spraying your garden or lawn with pesticides or other chemicals, keep your pet safely indoors. Don’t let them come in contact with freshly-sprayed plants, either—ingesting these chemicals could easily lead to a case of poisoning. When you’re gardening, don’t leave sharp objects like shovels or trimmers lying around where a pet could cut himself.

Clean Carefully

Planning on doing some spring cleaning this weekend? You might want to consider keeping your pet in another room, as almost all household cleaning products contain one or more harmful ingredients. Read the directions carefully, and store all cleaning products in locked closets or cabinets where pets can’t get to them.

Watch for Allergies

Have you noticed your pet sneezing and sniffling more as the season changed? It’s likely that allergies are the cause—pets can react to pollen, dust, and dirt in the air. Call your Colorado Springs vet to get your pet on allergy medication as soon as possible.

Pest Preventatives

The warmer weather brings out pests like ticks, fleas, and parasitic worms that love to latch on to your pet while they’re outdoors. Make sure your pet is on a quality flea, tick, and heartworm preventative to avoid any infestations with these critters.

Check the Windows

As the weather warms, you may consider opening your windows to let some fresh air in. Do so carefully, as many pets—mostly cats—can fall out of open or improperly-screened windows by accident! High-rise syndrome, as it’s known in the veterinary world, can result in broken bones, trauma, and other serious health problems. Make sure all open windows have a sturdy screen, and don’t let pets lounge near ones that don’t have screens at all.

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