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Spring Hazards for Pets

We made it through another winter! While we may still have a ways to go before it’s warm enough for shorts and tank tops, it is great to get back outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This can be a dangerous time of year for pets, however. Read on as a London, ON vet lists some seasonal dangers for our furry friends.

Easter

The spring holiday presents its own dangers for pets. Those chocolate eggs and bunnies are one concern. Chocolate is highly toxic to pets, and can even be fatal in large doses. Bouquets are another hazard. Many popular flowers, such as lilies, tulips, and oleanders, are poisonous to pets. (You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA site here.) Many Easter trappings such as plastic eggs, hard candies, and baskets, are also unsafe.

Warmth

Once the days start getting longer, temperatures can spike unexpectedly. Be prepared for hot days! Make sure your furry buddy always has fresh water. If you have a dog, take care not to overexert your pooch when it’s warm.

Pollen

Just like people, pets can suffer from allergies. If your furry pal is sensitive to dust, pollen, grass, trees, or leaves, this time of year may be rough on them. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Parasites

As the warm weather returns, so will fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Keep up with your pet’s vaccinations and parasite control products! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Ice Melt

As the snow melts, rivers and streams will swell, which can make them much more dangerous than usual. Keep cats inside until the spring flood season has passed. If you have a dog, keep Fido away from thawing lakes and ponds.

Lawn/Garden Products

Once the snow is finally gone, many people will head outdoors to tend to their gardens. Many lawn/garden chemicals are highly toxic to pets! You’ll also need to be careful with what you plant, and what you use for mulch. For instance, cocoa mulch is not safe for dogs.

Wild Animals

If you live in a rural area, you’ll also need to be on the lookout for wild animals. After a long winter, bears, foxes, and other wild animals will be out and about.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re always here to help!

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