Hazards of Spring

Azaleas blooming are beautiful but can be toxic to your pet.

Azaleas blooming are beautiful but can be toxic to your pet.

Boy that is a bummer – Spring is a hazard! We all know how much we don’t get to do in the winter whether due to cold weather, rain, the winter blahs, you name it but with the budding of spring we all start streaming outdoors.

Being outdoors with your pet is great but there are some dangers that you need to be aware of in order to have a safe and fun springtime.

Just like you and your pet, everything else is emerging from the winter doldrums – mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flowers, snakes, bees, and the list goes on and on. A few safety precautions would be a fast and easy way to having a great spring and summer.

Every year over a million pets are diagnosed with heartworm disease – over a million! This disease is very easy to prevent with a monthly dose of heartworm medicine. Heartworm disease is deadly and the cost of treating it is high but the cost of the monthly dose is low – make sure your pet is up to date on his heartworm medicine.

Fleas and ticks are another spring time emergent. The trauma of fleas on your pet can cause them to scratch, bite and even pull their hair out. Plus the addition of a flea to your home can multiply exponentially within days. Fleas are also the main reason for tapeworms in your pet.

Ticks can not only cause a reaction in the skin of your pet but they also carry other disease such as Lyme, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis. As humans, you can also get the above tick borne diseases along with many others so keeping them off your pets is a safety issue for you also.

It is amazing how many plants are toxic to our pets and how many times they will eat them anyway. Some of the toxic plants in the Carolinas include daisies, jasmine, lilies, aloe, azaleas, and daffodils — this is just a few of the many plants that can be toxic.

Then we have the other wildlife such as snakes, spiders, bees, possums, raccoons, and many more which can be an attraction for your pet but can have serious consequences.

The most dangerous hazard with spring is not the weekend warrior syndrome of taking a sedentary pet from winter napping to springtime activity but traveling with our pets. It is a nice spring day and you only want to run inside the store for a minute. You crack the window and quickly run inside; a study showed that in 75 degree weather a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Spring is a great time for fun, bonding with your pet, and getting great exercise. Let’s go outside and play! Be careful and have a good week.

 

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