Spring time safety tips

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May 31, 2017
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It’s spring! It’s sunny! It’s warmer! But what about spring time dangers? Seasonal changes mean that there are new things to be aware of that could harm your pet as other ones are no longer a big deal.

6 Springtime pet tips

Easter Treats and Decorations
Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets, and lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends. Kitties like to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.

Screen Yourself
Check your windows and put the screens in to prevent a pet from falling out or jumping out the window. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.

Buckle Up!
While we know dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets in cars should always be secured in cars.

Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is a tradition in many households, but keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.

Home Improvement
Spring is a good time to make repairs or renovate your home. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.

Garden Care
Insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Check out our full list of garden care tips.

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