When is the best time of year to be a pet? Spring. The weather is perfect for walks, bird watching, and spending time in the backyard. It’s also a great time to be a pet owner. Walks no longer require layers, and the days are getting longer, so you can spend more time outdoors with your pet. While the Battletown team also loves Spring, we know that the season can come with some unique safety concerns for pets. To keep your pet safe, keep these tips in mind and spring into this season with confidence that your pet is protected.

1. Spring Pests Can Really Bug Your Pet

As you and your pet spend more time outside, keep in mind that parasites tend to awaken this time of year as well. These bugs not only cause your pet to itch and scratch, but can also lead to long-lasting negative health effects.

What are the most dangerous Spring parasites? Fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

How can these tiny bugs affect your pet’s health?

  • Heartworms can go undetected for weeks, even months. During this time, they lengthen and damage your pet’s heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Untreated, heartworm disease is fatal for dogs. There is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats.
  • Fleas not only cause severe mental distress for pets, but they can make your pet anemic. 
  • Ticks have a habit of hiding well in your pet’s fur. They can spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other diseases.

Luckily, pet parents can prevent their pets from becoming victims of these parasites with medication. Prevention is less expensive than treatment and allows your pet to avoid pain and discomfort.

2. Pets Can Be Affected by Spring Allergies, Too

With the beautiful trees and plants in bloom, pollen increases exponentially.  This in addition to the return of grass, spring cleaning, and spending more time outdoors can lead to pets struggling with seasonal allergies.

Symptoms of pet allergies:

  • Discharge of the nose or eyes
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Sneezing, coughing, trouble breathing
  • Paw licking or excessive grooming
  • Cracked or irritated skin

If your pet shows signs of allergies, we can help them.

In the meantime, change your A/C filters, wipe your pet down with a damp towel after outdoor excursions, and rinse their feet before they come inside.

3. Poisonous Plants That Pop Up in Spring

This time of year offers some of the most brilliant blooms. As your bulbs light up the yard, keep in mind that not all of them are safe for pets. Never let your pet consume any of the following or be left unattended nearby these toxic plants:

  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Hyacinths
  • Sago Palms

Additionally, if you’re bringing home an Easter bouquet, be sure to keep those Easter lilies out of paw’s reach.

4. Standing Water is a Longstanding Concern

As the weather warms, keeping your pets hydrated becomes extremely important. Unfortunately for many pets, puddles, ponds, and other sources of standing water are a tempting choice for a drink but could wind up getting them sick.

Standing water sources can be a source of blue-green algae and other microscopic lifeforms that can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and even death.

Leptospirosis is one of the more common water-borne illnesses pets can suffer from. This bacteria is transmitted from saliva and urine and is highly contagious. If an infected animal drinks from the same source as your pet, they can transmit the disease.

Protect your pet by providing them with cool, fresh water. Don’t let your pet drink from puddles on walks. And ask us if your pet is a good candidate for the leptospirosis vaccine.

5. Keep Garden Tools and Chemicals Stored Safely

As you tidy up the yard and plant your spring veggies, be mindful of any chemicals and tools you may use. Rusty, sharp tools, herbicides, pesticides, and even abandoned holes can pose a threat to your pet’s wellbeing.

Fill any holes to prevent tripping hazards that could lead to sprains and strains.

Replace tools to your shed, garage, or another safe place for storage between uses.

Never leave pesticides or herbicides where your pet can access them. And, when using chemicals in the yard, avoid spraying where your pets walk. Remember, it’s always a good idea to use pet-friendly chemicals and rinse your pet’s feet after walks or yard time.

Spring is Here! Safely Enjoy This Season with Your Pet

We hope Spring brings you and your pet fun, joy, and new opportunities to bond. Begin this season with peace of mind by checking your pet’s pest prevention schedule and refills. If your pet is due for a refill of their flea, tick, or heartworm medication, give us a call or schedule an appointment.

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