Spring is officially upon us! It’s probably safe to say that many of our furry patients will be more than happy to enjoy some warmer weather. We’re also ready to bid winter farewell! Like any other season, spring presents some specific hazards for pet owners to be aware of. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet lists some seasonal concerns for pets.
Spring weather can go either way. You may also get some erratic weeks, where it’s cold one day and warm the next. Make sure that your furry buddy is prepared for whatever the day brings!
Holiday decorations are often a safety concern for pets. Easter is no exception. Those chocolate bunnies and candies are all toxic to Fluffy and Fido. You’ll also need to be careful of plastics, such as candy wrappers and that fake plastic ‘grass’ you find in Easter baskets.
Spring is a very important time for gardeners. It’s always nice to see colorful flowers and pretty foliage returning after all that snow! Just keep your pet’s safety in mind. Many of the products you would use on your property contain chemicals that are toxic to our furry pals. This includes things like herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. The plants themselves can also be dangerous. Anything with a bulb, such as tulips and daffodils, is poisonous to pets. Lilies are also toxic. Check the ASPCA site here for more information on safe and unsafe plants.
Spring doesn’t only bring warm weather back: bugs and parasites will soon be out in full force. Make sure your furry buddy is current on their preventative care! Ask your vet for more information.
You probably wouldn’t think of shedding as a big concern, but it can cause issues, particularly with cats. We all know what happens when Fluffy swallows too much fur: hairballs. These are no more fun for your feline pal than they are for you. Unfortunately, sometimes hairballs are more than an unsightly nuisance. They can get lodged in your kitty’s digestive tract, which can cause very painful—and potentially fatal—blockages. Brushing your feline pal regularly will help reduce the amount of fur she swallows. Your vet may also recommend giving her a hairball preventative.
Is your pet due for an exam? Contact us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal hospital.