March is finally coming to an end and we're ready to dive right into spring. We've got a few tips and tricks to make your spring safe and fun.
As spring rapidly approaches, it's important to think about your pets safety and well being. The weather is warming up, more people are heading outside with their pets, and the wildlife are coming out from their winter dens. We have a few ideas on how to make the transition from winter to summer easier for you and your pet.
1) Car Safety
With vacation calling (Spring Break etc) many pet parents choose to take their pets along for the trip. Before you do make sure you have a booster seat, a seatbelt latch, or a crate to safely secure you pet for long road trips. Not only will this keep your pet from being in your the drivers seat, it will keep them safe in case of short stops or unexpected fender benders.
While we recommend NEVER leaving a pet unattended in a car, we understand that sometimes it's a necessity. For your pets health and safety, it is vital to crack windows and park in shady areas. Even though the temperature may not be extremely hot outside, the sun shines stronger and brighter this time of year; and when its rays beam down into your vehicle, the temperature can rise to dangerous levels in minutes, approaching 100 degrees or more. This high heat will cause your pet to overheat, and possibly become fatal. If you own a truck with a flat bed, we recommend crating your pet or letting them ride inside the truck NOT outside. An accident could occur at anytime and can cause serious harm to a pet.
Moral of the story: Buckle it up, Buckle it up, Buckle it up so your pets wont fly!
2) Easter safety
We all know that chocolate is the number one pet poison. However, it is not the only one. Many of the treats commonly found in Easter baskets contain Xylitol, a sugar product used in many candies and chewing gum. Even if your baskets aren't filled with sweets, other items such as fake grass, candy wrappers, and plastic eggs pose a serious hazard. Your fur baby could swallow them and wind up having a gastrointestinal obstruction. Cats, especially are drawn to the shimmering, wiggly fake grass. Unpeeled hard-boiled eggs are also delectable to our pets and can cause a multitude of GI complications, and some really stinky farts.
Moral of the story: Keep your Easter goodies out of your pets reach.
3) Spring Cleaning
We all take part in spring cleaning. Many products sold at stores are not made in a pet friendly. Always buy pet friendly cleaning products, keep pets secure and away until all cleaning substances are dry and out their reach.
4) Spring Plants and flowers
5) Exercise-related injuries
Now that the sun has come out and the temperatures are on the rise, many of us will want to get out and head down to our favorite parks and trails for some fun in the sun. If your dog has been less active during the winter, be sure to start slow and gradually increase your dogs activity time. This gradual increase is crucial to rebuild muscle tone and heart health before engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. Always be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for any extended walks, park playtime, or trail exploration, as dogs can get dehydrated quickly and need to be refreshed and replenished just like their humans.
6) Seasonal Allergies
Just like us, your pet can have allergies to the plants and pollen that bloom for spring. Spring and Autumn are when most parents notice increased chewing and scratching. Don't Panic. Allergies are treatable and easily managed. Call our vet for advice if you see signs of allergies.
Moral of the story: You sneeze, I sneeze, We all sneeze in spring.
7) the INFAMOUS fleas and ticks
General Manager and Dog Lover