Does your dog believe in the Easter Bunny? Is your cat enjoying watching the birds return from their trip down south? Whether they watch the season changing from their favorite window perch or they’re bursting through the front door for fresh air, we hope that everyone gets to experience lots of sunshine this spring.
While this year’s celebrations may be a bit untraditional, we still want to share some tips to have a hopping good time with your pets and family while keeping everyone safe.
1. Smell the Flowers, Don’t Chew Them
As we find ourselves staying at home, fresh air and gardening can be a great relief. It’s one of the healthier ways to stay busy while social distancing, as opposed to sitting on the sofa snacking. (No judgment, whatever you choose.)
Whether it’s your green thumb’s time to shine or you’re hoping that this is the year you keep a plant thriving for more than a week, keep these poisonous blooms out of chewing distance in and outside your home:
Keep pesticides, herbicides, and other gardening chemicals stored out of reach of your pets.
2. Spring Allergies Are in the Air
Have you noticed your dog or cat with itchy, watery eyes? Or maybe they’re sneezing a bit more than usual? Canines and felines can both experience seasonal allergies from pollen, mold, and dust.
When you’re spring cleaning, dust in the air can become a temporary but unpleasant allergy trigger for pets. Open a window and let in some fresh breezes if the weather is nice or let your dog play in the yard as you collect Easter dust bunnies.
For pollen allergies, wipe your dog or cat down with a damp towel after an outdoor romp. Pay special attention to their paws and watch for redness, rash, and excessive grooming.
If you suspect your pet has seasonal allergies, we can help. From allergy tests to antihistamines, we can help your pet breathe clearly and soothe itchy skin.
3. Silly Kitty, That Grass is for Kids!
Cats often love to play with the gifts and filler in an Easter basket, finding the glint of plastic green grass hard to resist. When it comes to those adorable mini stuffed animals and eggs filled with jelly beans, can we blame them? They’re often the same size and shape of popular pet toys and offer a playful rattle when rolled.
But what happens when your cat swallows a mess of green plastic strings or gets tangled in a nest of Easter glory, tearing their claws? Dogs are no less likely to eat the filler in search of food, potentially leading to an intestinal blockage.
A simple fix: Keep supplies stored in a closet with a closing door, on a high shelf, or in pet-proof containers. Store or dispose of baskets promptly after the kids have absconded with their treasures, or at least toss the decorative extras.
4. Easter Candy, Chocolate, and Decorations
There’s little that beats seeing kids’ eyes light up on Easter morning when they discover their Easter baskets. And little is worse than waking up to find that your dog or cat discovered the Easter basket before your kids had the chance.
This Easter-ruiner is more than just a small misfortune. Chocolate, candy, and other goodies can seriously injure your pet. Xylitol-sweetened foods can cause kidney failure, seizures, and even death.
Dogs are notorious for finding their way to food so be particularly careful about where you hide the goods. After the big reveal, talk with your kids about responsibly storing their bounty and what’s not safe to share with their furry friends.
5. Shoo Flies! and Other Bugs
Walking is a popular spring pastime and is a great way to get out of your house and exercise while social distancing. But, there is one… well, more like one-thousand bugging issues that can make outdoor activities less enjoyable: insects!
Stings and bites from hornets, bees, and wasps are itchy and painful and can send your pet into anaphylactic shock, while fleas, ticks, and mosquitos can harbor deadly diseases.
Keep your pet protected with flea, tick, and heartworm preventative and keep an eye out for the signs of an allergic reaction to bug bites or stings. These can include:
- Swollen face or muzzle
- Trouble breathing
If you’re seeing any of these in your pet, please contact us right away.
Have a Hoppy, Healthy Spring, and Easter!
As pet owners ourselves, we know that companion animals bring great comfort in uncertain times, and we hope your spring is filled with good memories of staying home with your furry friends. But if your pet needs a vet, give us a call. We’ll hop on the phone to help.
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