Pet Behavior Tips
Springtime Safety Tips
Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, be sure to keep your pets safety in mind. Here are some helpful spring time pet safety tips:
- Spring cleaning may be a time-honored tradition in many households, but remember many of those cleaners and chemicals can be potentially poisonous to your pet. Make sure to read and follow directions for proper use and storage and keep out of your pet's reach.
- Let your garden grow - with care! Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides can be dangerous for your pet to ingest. Always store them in out-of-the way places and when possible opt for the pet friendly brands.
- Beware of toxic springtime plants. Growing your garden in the spring is a great idea. However, there are certain plants that are known to be toxic to pets such as; Azalea, Clematis, Bittersweet, Day Lily, Easter Lily, Ferns, Foxglove, Hyacinth, Iris, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Rhododendron, and Tulips. If you think your pet has already eaten a toxic plant from your garden you should contact your vet or local animal poison control center immediately.
- With the arrival of Spring, also comes the arrival of those pesky insects. Make sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventative medication, as well as flea and tick control.
- While you know how much your pet loves to feel the wind in their furry faces, allowing them to stick their heads out of moving car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear and eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injuries. Ensure your pet is safely buckled up when traveling with you in a car.
- Don't forget that cats and dogs can be affected by allergies as well. Common allergies in pets include; pollen from trees, grass and weeds, mold, mildew, and much more. See your veterinarian if you think your pet is suffering from allergies.
Keep Your Pets Happy and Safe This Winter
The winter can be hard on your pets. Here are some tips to keep them safe:
- Keep antifreeze away from pets. If it spills or leaks, clean thoroughly immediately. If you think your pet has ingested any, call your veterinarian immediately! Antifreeze is poisonous and death can take place if treatment isn't started within hours.
- Protect your pets' footpads from rock salt and ice. Check between the toes for salt pellets and ice. If they do come in contact with rock salt, wash their feet thoroughly. Ice should be removed as well. Consider baby oil, cooking spray or booties for protection.
- Dogs still need exercise during cold months. During severe weather, try playing indoor games like hide 'n seek. Also try several short outdoor playtimes. You may need to reduce calories if your dog tends to pack on the pounds during the winter. (If your dog lives outdoors, you may actually need to increase his daily calories.)
- Consider a jacket for short-haired dogs.
- Brush your pets regularly to help distribute the skin's natural oils.
- Supervise your pets near space heaters and fireplaces.
- If your dog stays outdoors, make sure he has clean, dry bedding, has a flap over the door to protect from winds and, if possible, elevate his doghouse. Check on him at least twice a day. In extreme conditions even outdoor dogs need to be brought indoors.
- Make sure your outdoor dogs' water isn't frozen.
- Outdoor dogs may actually need more food in the winter to keep them healthy.