outside safety for dogs, spring safety

Spring  Safety For  Pets

It’s that time of year again – your dog will want to spend more time outside than he did all winter. This means it is more important than ever to make sure he is safe. What does spring  safety for pets look like?

  1. Make sure your pet is current on all of her vaccines and heartworm and flea and tick prevention. This is more important than ever during the warmer months.
  2. Double check your yard for any gaps in the fence, holes under the fence, etc., that she may be able to use to escape.
  3. Clean that water bowl and keep it filled with fresh cool water. Be sure to place it in a shady spot on the patio so she can enjoy it while it remains cool.
  4. Fertilizer is toxic. If you place it on your own lawn, wait 24 hours before letting your dog on it. If your neighbors are using it, it can blow in to your yard, so be aware!
  5. Metal lawn edging without the plastic cover is common, and a laceration waiting to happen. Remove it.
  6. Give your pet a rub down periodically to check for fleas and ticks.
  7. Check to make sure you do not have any toxic plants that your pet can ingest. Some of the more common plants that are found in the yard are:
  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea/Rhododendron
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Begonia
  • Carnations
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum

For a more complete list you can visit the ASPCA poison control site at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

This is not a complete list, just a starting point. Just be aware of any hazards that your beloved furry family member might face, and strike preemptively.

As always, if you have any questions, you can email us at staff@gentletouchanimalhospital.com or call 303.691.3720.