![if IE]> <![endif]>
Spring means more quality time outdoors with your pet, but it also means that pets are going to be exposed to a lot of hazards that they’ve been sheltered from during the colder months- busy roadways, plants, bees, other animals, the list goes on and on. Here are some of our tips for making sure that you both are ready to take on the outdoors and spend some quality time together.
1. If your pet has allergies, be on the lookout for excessive scratching. If your pet is doing a lot of this, especially after coming in from a walk, it could mean that it’s time to take a trip to the vet. If left untreated allergies can lead to painful hot spots and infection, so it’s best to treat them early.
2. Keep your pet leashed. After being indoors all winter, running around and chasing after insects or leaves could seem very appealing to your pet. Leashing them will prevent them from getting out of your eyesight or running into the street.
3. Do your research before gardening. If you’re going to plant a garden or put in some new landscaping, it’s important to make sure you’re putting in pet-friendly plants. Lilies, azaleas and daffodils are just a few plants that can be toxic to pets.
4. If you plan on celebrating Easter with the delivery of Easter baskets full of plastic decorative grass, chocolates and other delicious treats, make sure to keep these out of the reach of pets. We see a lot of claims this time of year for both cats and dogs that get into the grass and need to have it surgically removed or for dogs that get into chocolate bunnies and have to be rushed to the vet.
5. Even if your pet is in the back yard, keep an eye on them. We aren’t the only ones enjoying the warmer weather. Springtime means more animals and insects are out as well. Make sure that your pet avoids chasing insects like bees and wasps, as they can cause major health problems if swallowed. If you live in more rural areas, keep an eye out to make sure your pet isn’t wandering too close to wild animals that may exhibit territorial behavior.
6. Make sure that your pet is up to date on their routine care. Fleas, ticks and mosquitos will soon be out and your pet is likely to come into contact with other animals at the park, out on a walk or even accidentally in your own backyard. With all these risk factors, it is important to make sure that your pet is up to date on all of their shots. If you are in an area that has a risk for fleas and ticks or heartworms, it is important to also make sure that you are well stocked on preventative medication for these parasites and to protect your pet by applying it as directed by your veterinarian.
Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Dog insurance and cat insurance policies can help pet parents keep their pets healthy. Get your free quote today.
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.
1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.
2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.