Spring is officially here, and your pet knows it! They will want to get out and have fun, especially with you. After a long winter, sunny days and colorful blossoms are more than welcome. Sure, getting out and enjoying the fresh sunshine and warm weather with your pet is essential, but it can also bring potential risks and hazards. Here are spring pet safety tips to keep your pet healthy and happy:
1. Be Aware of the Temperature Outside
Your pet is transitioning to warmer temperatures, and stronger UV rays, so try to protect him as much as possible. You must conduct the pavement test before walking your pet in the heating weather. Put the back of your hand to the concrete or asphalt for five seconds. If it’s hot for you, it will be likewise for your pet. Doing this will ensure that your pets don’t burn their paw pads.
Remember: The temperature in a parked car can rise to 20 degrees after only 10 minutes even when the windows are open. On a hot day, pets can die from heatstroke in a few minutes. If you plan on making stops in several different places, it’s best to leave your pet at home.
2. Take Care of Any Seasonal Allergies Fast
Just like humans, pets have seasonal allergies too. Allergies are usually caused by environmental factors like pollen, dust, and even food. You’ll know it’s the seasonal change when your pet licks or chews their paws more, lose fur, sneeze, have red, irritated skin, and scratch their skin.
These are common signs of allergies that cannot be overlooked. Giving your pet a regular bath, transitioning it to an anti-inflammatory diet, boosting immunity, and minimizing its exposure to common seasonal allergens like pollen can help.
When traveling with your pets, always keep in mind that different environments support different allergens. Be sure to pack allergy medication if prescribed by your veterinary to be on the safe side.
3. Watch out for Flea and Tick Season
Beware of ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas when temperatures start to rise. Start by getting rid of all stagnant water sources, which are perfect breeding grounds. Next, go for natural insect repellants instead of chemical treatments that could do more harm than good.
Usually, these pesky bugs not only spread throughout the entire household, but they cause itchiness, which can be uncomfortable for our pets. You and your family members are prone since these pests don’t discriminate.
Additionally, if you regularly hike or walk through wooded areas, try checking for ticks and fleas every day. Dog Beds can also harbor these insects, so be sure to clean them regularly. Talking to your veterinary about the best tick and flea preventive options available for your pets is another great way to go about it.
Remember, giving you pets over the counter medicine without consulting your veterinary could turn out disastrous.
4. Outdoor Activities and Road Trips
One of the things that may pop in your mind as the weather turns warm is travel. You may plan for a vacation to a new destination or a day trip to the park. Wherever you decide to go, always remember these pet safety tips:
- Don’t forget your pet’s seat belt harness or crate.
- Keep hydrated. This could be the number one pet safety tip that applies to humans as well-whether you’re outdoors or indoors. If you are spending the better part of the day outdoor, ensure that you carry enough water for both of you.
- Always keep your pet’s ID tags and microchip updated.
- If you’re planning on going around rivers and streams, be sure to exercise caution. Ensure that there’s a leash on your furry companion. If you plan to let your pet roam freely, be sure it is well trained.
5. Ensure Safety When Cleaning
During the spring season, you can comfortably carry out the yard cleaning. But wait! Most products can be harmful to cats, dogs, and other animals. Some household cleaners can cause diarrhea, tissue burns, or vomiting. Still, others can lead to kidney or liver damage. Before cleaning out your backyard, here are poisonous products that you should know:
- Mulch containing cacao bean hulls
- Snail and slug bait
- Plants like crocuses, lilies and sago palms
- Rose care products( Usually contain organophosphates)
- Compost( Usually contains dangerous molds and potentially toxic foods)
Always store any hazardous chemical-based cleaners away from your pets. It will be even better switching to all-natural cleaning solutions. You should also use products according to their label directions. Additionally, keep your pet out of the area until you are through with all the cleaning.
6. Watch out For Spring Plants
Certain plants can be very harmful to our pets, and that’s why you should be careful. For example, lilies can cause kidney failure or even death in cats. Additionally, daffodils, tulips, and sago palm are also other examples of deadly spring plants to avoid with your pets.
7. Weather-appropriate Gear
Whether you have shine or rain on your travel itinerary, it’s best to be ready for all weather conditions. Always pack additional items for your pet’s safety and health as a precautionary measure. A pet travel bag with items like cozy pet bedding for comfort, waterproof rain jacket, and sweater will be a worthwhile consideration.
The winter blues are over, and it’s time to enjoy everything that spring has in store. While at it, spiking temperatures, flea/tick, are things to keep in mind at all times. Be sure to follow these pet safety tips to the letter so that your pet remains happy and healthy for many seasons to come!