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Posted on 05-11-2018

            

Spring Time Safety Tips

By Dr. Virginia Clemans

Springtime is upon us so it’s time to review some change of season safety tips for your pets from the ASPCA. 

Those beautiful Easter lilies you received in April are toxic, especially to cats!  Also of concern to pets are rhododendron and azaleas which are also toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten.  If you suspect your pet has ingested any type of lily or other poisonous plant, call the ASPCA Poison Control center immediately at (888) 426-4435.  Also toxic are many fertilizers, insecticides and other products that help keep our plants and lawns healthy and green.  Store these products up and out of the way of furry paws and read and follow label directions carefully. 

Be cautious when opening windows or screens as pets can fall through unscreened windows and become injured or lost.  Pets riding in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness especially designed for them.  Never allow your dog to ride in a pick-up bed or with their head hanging out of the window.  Flying debris can cause eye or ear injury. 

Spring cleaning chemicals can be a hazard to your pet.  All cleaning products, even the “all natural” ones may contain chemicals that are harmful to pets.  Use cleaning products according to directions and when not in use store properly. 

April showers mean standing water and mosquito season!  Be sure your dog is on year around heartworm prevention as well as a flea and tick prevention if any hiking or camping trips are planned.  And, by the way, when traveling with your pet make sure your dog or cat has proper identification and ideally a microchip in place to insure their safe return should they become lost. 

Happy Spring to you all! 

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