Spring is here and pets like to enjoy the change in season just like their owners.
However, some springtime activities may pose some hazards to your furry friend.
Here are some tips on keeping your pets safe in the spring, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Garden with care
Many popular springtime plants, such as rhododendrons and daffodils, are toxic to pets and can even prove to be fatal. Pet owners with a green thumb should make sure fertilizers and pesticides are properly stored and kept away from pets. Check out the ASPCA's full list of toxic plants to find out which blooms should be kept at a distance from your pets.
Be mindful of spring cleaning products
Spring cleaning is an annual event in many households and with it comes cleaning products. Chemicals and ingredients in cleaning supplies, even if natural, can be harmful to pets. It's important to read the instructions on all products that will be sprayed or used anywhere your animals may be hanging out. See the ASPCA's list of poisonous household products to learn more.
Easter treats and decorations can cause trouble for pets
Chocolate is a popular sweet treat during Easter. But chocolate eggs and bunnys can be very toxic to dogs and cats. Lilies may look nice when setting up Easter brunch, but the flowers are fatal to cats. Plastic grass can be tempting for kitties to nibble on but can result in severe vomiting and dehydration or an obstructive digestive tract. Also keep in mind, baby chicks and real bunnys are hard to resist but they grow up and need special care to keep them happy and healthy.
Pets get the spring sniffles too
Just like their human friends, pets can be allergic to pollen, plants, dust and food. Allergic dogs may experience sneezing, sniffling and itching. Some pets can also have severe reactions to springtime insect bites and stings. If a pet experiences an allergic reaction or has springtime allergies, they should visit a veterinarian.
Speaking of bugs...
Spring bloom brings out the pests! Insects and debris can fly into animals' ears and eyes, causing infection and irritation. Although many pets like to feel the wind in their face while riding in a car with the windows down, it's best to keep them completely inside the vehicle to keep pests from flying into places that could cause them harm. Pets should be up to date with flea and tick medications as well as heartworm prevention medications. Learn more about flea and tick prevention from the ASPCA.
Make sure window screens are secured
Fresh air feels just as good to pets as it does to their owners and if they see an open window, they may want to sit on the window-still or lean on the screen. It's important to make sure screens are secure and sturdy to prevent pets from falling out windows.
Home improvement safety
The nice weather may be perfect for starting or finishing home improvement projects but hazardous materials such as toxic paint. nails, power tools and blades should be properly stored and kept away from pets to avoid injury. Confine your pet to a pet-friendly room if you'll be working around the house.