Springtime Pet Health Hazards

Spring is in the air—and so are several hazards to our beloved pets’ health! Use these tips from a Shawnee veterinarian to keep your cat or dog safe and sound this season.

Pesticides and Fertilizers

In the spring, we commonly spray our lawns and gardens with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers. Make sure your pet is safely indoors when any chemicals are being sprayed, and don’t let an animal near any treated lawns or garden plants for 48 hours after application.

Allergies

Allergies from pollen, dander, dirt, or dust can affect pets too, and the results can range from minor sniffling and sneezing to severe symptoms like anaphylactic shock. For this reason, it’s important to get your pet examined at the first sign of an allergic reaction to get him on preventative medicines. Set up an appointment with your Shawnee vet’s office today.

Falls from Windows

As the weather warms, veterinarians see an increase in fall-related injuries. This is primarily because pet owners open their windows and let their pets sleep by them. Fall injuries are especially common in cats, who lounge at the windows and accidentally fall if the window is left open or has a loose screen. Make sure all windows in your home are screened sturdily, or only open your windows a small crack.

Cleaning Chemicals

Spring cleaning is all well and good—just make sure any harmful chemicals stay far away from your cat or dog. Most household cleaning products have at least one ingredient that is toxic to pets, so use them carefully and store them in locked cabinets or closets.

Springtime Pests

With the warmer weather comes the waves of ticks, fleas, and other outdoor pests. The best way to avoid any illnesses from these creatures is by keeping your pet on preventative medicines all year-round. Consult your veterinarian about your pet’s heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives and make sure they’re up-to-date.

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