Springtime Hazards for Pets

Spring is a time of renewal, refreshment, and growth. It’s also the time of year when several new pet hazards present themselves! Here, your Grandview veterinary professional advises you against five common springtime hazards:

Allergies

Many of us are accustomed to the increased itching, sneezing, and runny noses of springtime allergies. What you may not know is that many pets can suffer from the same symptoms! If you notice your pet sniffling and sneezing more so than usual, reactions to pollen, dust, mold, dirt, and other allergens could be the underlying cause. Set up an appointment with your vet to have your pet examined.

Outdoor Pests

Your pet isn’t the only one who plans on enjoying the warmer weather this time of year. Fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes are all coming out of the woodwork, ready to latch on to unsuspecting pets. The best way to avoid the risk of infection or infestation is to keep your pet on year round pest-preventative medications. Consult your vet for a recommendation.

Lawn and Garden Chemicals

Many homeowners spray fertilizers on their lawn and pesticides on garden plants this time of year. It’s important to remember that a companion animal could be poisoned if they come in contact with these substances. Keep pets indoors when spraying chemicals, and don’t let them eat chemically-treated grass or get near a recently-sprayed garden.

High-Rise Syndrome

High-rise syndrome isn’t actually a disease—it’s the veterinary term for fall-related injuries that happen during warmer weather, usually caused by animals falling out of open or improperly-screened windows. Even the ever-graceful cat has been known to slip out of windows when lounging by them. Check all of your pet’s favorite perches and make sure there’s no chance of an accident.

Cleaning Products

Setting aside a weekend for spring cleaning this year? Remember that almost all common cleaning products contain at least one harmful ingredient for pets. Put pets in another room when using these products, and store them safely on the top shelf of locked closets.

Your Grandview vet can tell you about more helpful springtime safety tips, so call the clinic today with your questions!