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Spring Safety for Pets

Spring has officially sprung! Well, almost officially. As the weather warms up, many of our furry pals will be delighted to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. However, just like every other season, spring does pose some specific hazards to our furry pals. In this article from Armitage Animal Hospital, a local Sharon, ON vet discusses spring safety for pets.

Easter Trappings

The spring holiday can be quite hazardous to pets. Chocolate is one thing to be concerned about: it’s highly toxic to dogs. (It’s toxic to cats too, but they aren’t as likely to eat it.) The plastic green fibers that are often used as filling for Easter baskets are also hazardous. Hard candies are also hazardous. Bouquets can be dangerous as well: many popular flowers are poisonous to pets. If you host a big Easter dinner, be sure not to let your furry have any unsafe foods. Some things that are poisonous to pets include garlic, onions, chives, and scallions; nuts; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; pitted fruits; avocados; caffeine; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Plants

Once the weather warms up and the snow has melted, many people will happily head outdoors to tend to their lawns and gardens. Toxic plants are another issue. Many popular plants, such as tulips and lilies, are poisonous to pets. Make sure to only plant things that are safe for your furry best friend. Check the ASPCA website for more information on safe and unsafe plants.

Chemicals

Many lawn/garden chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, are poisonous to pets. Your furry pal can get sick just by walking over a spot that was recently treated, and then licking their paws! If you use these products on your property, opt for pet-friendly brands. Another thing you can do is to water recently-treated areas thoroughly after applying chemicals. That way, the chemicals will go down into the soil.

Parasites

As the weather warms up, fleas, ticks, and other parasites will be coming out in droves. Make sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control regimen! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please do not hesitate to contact us here at Armitage Animal Hospital, your Sharon, ON pet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care!

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