Important Safety Tips for Your Pets This Spring
As the weather warms up in the spring, we'll begin to spend more time outside with our dogs and possibly do some gardening. Many individuals also celebrate Easter at this time of year. Steve Marks, associate dean and head of veterinary medical services at the North Carolina State Veterinary Hospital, offers some helpful advice on how to keep our dogs safe at this time of renewal.
Tips for Pet Safety in the Spring
As the weather warms up in the spring, we'll begin to spend more time outside with our dogs and possibly do some gardening. Many individuals also celebrate Easter at this time of year. This time of year, the NC State Veterinary Hospital offers some critical safety considerations to consider.
Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccines, has a microchip for identification, and wears a tag with your contact information when you go for longer walks and outdoor playing. When walking, keep them on a leash.
After you've been out, keep an eye out for snakes and check your pet for ticks. Make sure they're up to date on their flea, tick, and heartworm treatments as well.
Some plants and mushrooms are poisonous to dogs and can make them unwell if consumed. It's great if you can keep kids away from foods you're not sure about.
Many individuals work in their yards and gardens this time of year, as well as perform some spring cleaning. Fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, and citronella candles, among other yard and garden goods, might be detrimental to your pets. Household cleansers can also be hazardous, so keep them out of your pet's reach.
It's vital to remember that some household plants, such as lilies, can make your pet sick if you're celebrating Easter. Keep your pets away from Easter goodies, especially chocolate, as well.
If you have any concerns about your pet, the first thing you should do is seek guidance from your local veterinarian.