When most of us think about spring, we conjure up visions of longer days and warmer weather. But the change of season can mean big trouble for your cat or dog. Pets who have been inside for most of the winter are suddenly more vulnerable to environmental irritants, exposure to toxic chemicals and overexertion, among other things.
Today our veterinarian in Idaho Falls is discussing some of the most common spring dangers that could hurt your pets.
Hidden Risks from the Easter Bunny: The gifts the Easter Bunny leaves for your children can be dangerous to your pets. Chocolate candies are toxic for dogs, especially if they contain baker’s or dark chocolate, while the strings of neon Easter grass can cause tummy problems if ingested.
Seasonal Allergies: Dust, mold and pollen are among the most common triggers of seasonal allergies in pets; symptoms can include sneezing, coughing, excessive scratching, licking and chewing.
Toxic Flowers: Nothing says spring like freshly cut flowers, but they can be fatal to your pets. For instance, all parts of lilies are extremely toxic to all pets and can even be deadly when consumed by cats.
Damaging Temperatures: When outdoors, give your pets plenty of access to fresh water, as well as a shady spot where they can take a break from the sun. And never, ever leave your pet unattended – even for a few minutes – in the car.
Bad Bugs: Spring means warmer weather, longer days and lots of bugs. While it’s important to keep your pets on heartworm, flea and tick preventatives year round, it’s essential during the warmer months when bugs are most dominant.
Mating Mishaps: Spring is the most common time of year for felines to mate. It is very important that pets are spayed and neutered to avoid unwanted pregnancy in outdoor animals. Even indoor animals should be altered in case a “visitor” enters the house or they mistakenly get outside.
Problem Puddles: April showers also bring puddles. Don’t let your dog drink from stagnant water sources like puddles or lakes. This can lead to gastrointestinal upset or more serious health concerns.
Proper Dog Park Etiquette: AOL gold icon missing from desktop Before bringing your pup to the dog park, be sure he or she is up to date on all his vaccinations.