Spring Safety Tips

Spring Has Finally Sprung - Seasonal Safety Tips

Spring is finally here! With the change of the season,  our thoughts inevitably turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and stretching our legs after a long Winter. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather comes additional hazards for our pets. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor fun, take a moment to look for potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.

Easter Treats and Decorations: Easter lilies, candy eggs and chocolate bunnies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets and Easter lilies can be fatal if ingested by our pets.

Kitties, in particular, love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an intestinal obstruction, severe vomiting and dehydration.

In addition, while, chicks and other festive animals are adorable,  please resist the urge to buy them as pets—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care!

Spring Cleaning: Beware of cleaners and materials being used when Spring cleaning.  Curious noses can get themselves into mischief and ingest poisonous cleaners and clothes.

Screen Yourself: Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows and if you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.

Spring Plants: A welcome sign of Spring are the Spring flowers but along with their beauty may come hazards that you may not be aware of.

There are many species of plants that are toxic to our pets. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Crocus, angel's trumpet, foxglove, azalea, oleander, lily of the valley,  calla lily, rhododendron, sago palm, elephant's ear, day lily, tiger lily, Japanese pieris, Easter lily, yew and monkshood
Some signs of toxicity include:
  • Excessive salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Racing or irregular heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold extremities
Have a safe season!
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