It sure doesn't look like spring out there, does it? The calendar assures us it is set to arrive on March 20. Maybe if you think warm thoughts as you read these tips, it will finally make an appearance.
It seemed like it would never arrive, but the official start of spring is finally just days away. While the season is very welcome after a long, cold, and snowy winter, it also means new opportunities for your four-legged friend to become sick or injured. We recommend pet-proofing your home and yard now so you and your pet can simply enjoy the warmer weather.
Spring cleaning is practically a rite of passage in Minnesota. Before you take out the household cleaning supplies, make sure your pet is secured in another area of the house. It’s also important to keep your cleaning supplies in an inaccessible area when not in use. Some contain highly toxic chemicals that could cause immediate illness in your pet if ingested. The Pet Poison Helpline especially warns people to keep their pets away from these products:
- Carpet fresheners and shampoos
- Fabric softener sheets
- Toilet cleaning tablets
Looking at a snow-covered or brown lawn for months on end is enough to make anyone want to improve its appearance once spring finally arrives. Like household cleaning supplies, some lawn and garden products are especially harmful for pets. Chocolate mulch used for gardening and herbicides, fertilizers, and insecticides used for lawn health top the list.
When you’re working in the garden, tending to your grass, or mowing the lawn, it’s safest to keep your pet inside the house until you finish. Be sure to read chemical product labels carefully to determine if you need to keep your pet away from the lawn or garden for an extended time after application.
Flea and Tick Season is Underway
Although these parasites can survive all year long, they become abundant once the snow finally melts and the weather turns warmer. Tick bites can transmit serious illnesses like Lyme disease
and can even be fatal. Fleas usually just make your pet miserable with constant itching, but they can also cause a dangerous allergic reaction in dogs and cats sensitive to their saliva. At Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital, we recommend year-round flea and tick prevention as well as heartworm and other parasites
. If you’re not sure how to choose the best products, just let us know. Watch for Pets Underfoot When Making Home Improvements
If you’re planning a project such as a room addition or house painting this spring, make sure you know your pet’s location before you start. When your pet moves freely near your project, you could discover her trying to drink paint or with a nail stuck in her paw. This is the ideal time to keep your pet outdoors, in another room, or in a kennel until you’re finished working.
Please contact our clinic at 763-682-2181 during normal business hours if you need emergency treatment for your pet. The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24 hours a day at 1-855-764-7661 or we can refer you to a local emergency veterinarian for after-hours care.
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