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How to Keep Your Pet Safe This Spring

March 15, 2018

The official start of spring is just a few days away! You and your pet are probably both looking forward to spending some more time outdoors as the weather starts to warm up. Make sure that your companion stays safe with these tips from a Glen Ellyn, IL veterinarian.

Outdoor Pests

Fleas, ticks, dangerous worms like heartworm and roundworm… one of springtime’s primary dangers is that of outdoor pests that can quickly cause harm to your pet. The trick is keeping your pet up-to-date on preventive medications that ward off these pesky critters. Ask your veterinarian for more information about these medicines and about getting your pet set up with the preventatives they need.

Allergy Trouble

You aren’t the only one whose allergies may be acting up this time of year! Pets, too, can suffer from seasonal allergies in the spring. Pollen, dust, dirt, mold, and other substances may be the root cause. If you’ve noticed that your pet is sniffling and sneezing more than usual as the weather thaws, it may be worth a visit to the vet’s office. If your pet does have allergies, medications can be prescribed that will make them more comfortable.

Spring Cleaning

Many families are clearing out the clutter and doing a bit of spring cleaning this time of year. If you’re going to be using strong chemicals, keep your pet elsewhere; all manner of cleaning supplies can harm a pet who accidentally ingests them! Additionally, always keep the supply closet shut and locked to make sure that pets can’t gain access to the products inside.

Toxic Plant Life

Both indoor and outdoor plants can cause harm to a pet who ingests them. Ivy, oleander, lilies, elephant ear, dieffenbachia, the sago palm, daffodils, poinsettia plants, tulips, and much more pose a threat to your animal companion! Check your home, garden, and landscaping for toxic plant varieties to make sure you’re not putting your pet at risk.

Identification Tips

With the open doors and cracked windows of springtime comes an additional pet hazard: escape. It’s all too easy for a pet to wander off and get lost! It’s safest to keep your pet on a leash or harness while outdoors, and make sure they’re properly identified with a microchip, ID tags on the collar, or both.

Does your pet need pest preventatives or identification measures? We’re here for you. Contact your Glen Ellyn, IL vet.