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Make sure your four-legged family members are able to enjoy the beautiful springtime weather right along with you.
Taking a few simple precautions around your home and yard will keep your pet out of harm’s way as warmer months approach.
Dr. Becker's Comments:
Each change of season presents safety hazards for your companion animals, and spring is no exception.
In fact, the beautiful weather you and your pet enjoy after the cold winter months and before the heat of summer can cause you to throw caution to the wind as you race outdoors to soak up the sun and fresh air.
I encourage you to slow down just long enough to insure your beloved pet doesn’t become victim to a springtime menace.
And while chocolate is the most toxic candy, you should keep your dog or cat away from all types of Easter goodies, including sweet-smelling candy wrappers.
Lilies can be fatal if eaten by your pet.
The plastic grass used to line your children’s Easter baskets can cause serious gastrointestinal illness for curious kitties. You should also keep ribbons, bows and other colorful enticements out of the reach of your pets.
Cats, in particular, are prone to escaping the house through either an unscreened window or by pushing through a damaged or unsecured screen.
Better yet, why not make this the year you switch to non-toxic household cleaning supplies?
Paints and solvents can be toxic, and building supplies like nails, insulation and certain tools can also pose risks. Read the labels on all products you plan to use to see if they’re safe for pets.
The very best way to keep your dog or cat out of harm’s way is to confine them to an area of your home well away from the project area.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from springtime allergies, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Take care not to allow your dog or cat access to areas of your property where chemicals have been applied, and be sure to store all potentially toxic products out of reach.
Your dog can be hit by debris and even bugs that can cause eye, ear and lung injuries. And there’s simply no guarantee a dog riding in the bed of a truck or by an open car window will not either jump out of the vehicle while it’s moving, or be thrown out during a quick stop or sharp turn.
You should always crate your dog or cat for a ride in the car, or alternatively, use a pet seatbelt harness.
Taking a few precautionary steps and exercising common sense can insure a healthy, enjoyable spring and summer for you and your furry buddy.
If you suspect your pet may have come in contact with a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.