Springtime Health Hazards for Pets

Spring is here in full force—and so are the pet health hazards that come with the season! Use the following safety tips from your West Greenwich veterinarian to keep your furry companion safe and happy.

Allergy Awareness

We humans aren’t the only ones who can develop allergies—dogs and cats can be allergic to the pollen, dust, and dirt in the air. In addition to sniffling and sneezing, pets can sometimes suffer severe reactions like anaphylactic shock as a result of allergies, so it’s important to get your pets checked for allergies if you see any sniffling or other unusual signs.

Pesticides

Spring is a common season for homeowners to put pesticides on their gardens to keep insects off, and spray fertilizers on their lawns to help them grow. If you’re spraying chemicals, keep your pet safely indoors. Don’t let them come in contact with freshly-treated grass or garden plants, as ingesting the chemicals could poison them.

Springtime Pests

Ticks, fleas, parasitic worms—spring usually sees an increase in pesky insects that like to latch on to our furry friends. Keep your pet on quality year-round preventatives for fleas, ticks, and heartworm. Talk to your West Greenwich vet about these medications and which ones your pet might need.

Spring Cleaning

If you’re cleaning the house this season, make sure all chemical products, bleaches, solvents, and air fresheners are safely stored out of your pet’s reach. Confine the pet to another room while you’re cleaning to avoid all contact with harmful fumes. Carefully read the usage directions on the package to avoid any injury to yourself or your animals.

Proper Identification

Your pet might go outside more in the warmer weather, and doors and windows may be left ajar more easily. These situations could prove dangerous if your pet decides to run away to explore. Make sure your pet is properly identified with up-to-date information on a collar tag or microchip. Consult your veterinarian if your pet isn’t identified with either.

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