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Spring has sprung! The flowers are in bloom, snow is a distant memory, and the sun is shining on open fields and parks just waiting for your furry friends to run and play in. However, this also means that your pets may be exposed to hazards that can make life difficult for them. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the springtime even more pleasant for your best friend.
1. Allergies. Watch for signs of excessive scratching. Many pets suffer from underlying allergies to grass, pollen, and other springtime environment factors that can leave them miserable and itchy. Untreated, itchy allergies can lead to open sores and illness for your best friend.
2. Bees. If your dog is allergic to bees or wasps, it’s a good idea to keep some Benadryl on hand- but always call your vet’s office before administering it, and follow up with a visit as soon as possible.
3. Gardening. If you have a green thumb and a cat, be very selective about which plants and flowers you bring into your home. Virtually all species of lilies are poisonous to cats and can cause sickness or even death very quickly if eaten.
4. Other animals. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on shots and vaccinations before frequenting the dog park or daycare. Many pet owners put off vaccinations in the winter months because their pets aren’t near others, but herd immunity is just as important for your furry children as it is for your human ones.
5. The dog park. After being cooped up all winter, your pup will be chomping at his leash to blow off some steam at the park. Unless you know how your dog will react and respond to your commands, keep him leashed at all times to avoid harm to other pets or visitors.
These are just a few suggestions for keeping your pets safe through the seasonal transition. While there are hazards to be aware of, spending quality time with your pet and enjoying the warmer weather is what it’s all about. So take precautions, but make sure you bring the fun!
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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
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