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Springtime Pet Tips

Spring is here and our pets know it. They have spring fever and that means they’ll want to spend a lot more time outside. Though the outdoors brings us fresh air, sunshine, and cool breezes, it also brings an array of health hazards for our pets.

Certain common spring plants can be extremely hazardous to your pet. Many can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested and some can even be deadly.

Most people may not know that Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. Easter lilies and other plants including oriental lilies can cause kidney damage and kidney failure in cats. Unfortunately, we do not know what the toxic element in these plants is, but even chewing on one leaf, petal or licking the pollen has resulted in kidney failure in cats. Most cats tend to be plant chewers so if you have a cat, consider getting a bouquet to enjoy indoors that does not have lilies in it, or enjoy the Easter lily bouquet outside on the porch where your cat does not have access to it. If you think your cat has chewed or eaten any portion of the lily plant, please see your veterinarian.

Make sure your pets are protected with flea, tick and heartworm treatments and are up-to-date on vaccinations. Keep a file with your pets’ medical information and keep track of necessary follow up shots and appointments.

Is your dog eating grass? Unless it’s been treated with fertilizer or pesticide, don’t worry. It could mean he has a bellyache, or it could just be his natural instinct to aid his digestion.

Springtime means spring showers and melting snow which can leave puddles of standing water. Try not to let your dog drink out of puddles, as standing water can be filled with bacteria leading to gastrointestinal upset or ailments.

Nothing beats a leisurely spring ride in the car. If you’re taking your pet with you, make sure he is properly contained. Don’t put him in the back of a pick-up truck where he could fall out or let him hang out of open windows where debris can get in his eyes or he could get hurt.

Just like us, our pets have allergies too. If you notice obvious signs of allergies like swollen eyes, frequent scratching, fur/skin conditions or sneezing, you may want to take your pet to the vet to explore those allergy symptoms.

Grooming is not just about vanity. Keeping your pet clean and groomed prevents skin irritations, fleas and ticks and keeps his temperature regulated. Make sure his nails are trimmed but not too short.

Watch the video below to learn how to clean your dog’s ears.

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