Beware of Seasonal Pet Hazards

As the chilly temperatures of winter give way to springtime’s warmer breezes, be sure to keep your pet’s health in mind. Spring presents several health hazards for our animal companions! Below, your Pickerington, OH veterinarian tells you more.

Allergies

Did you know that pets can suffer from allergies in the springtime, just like humans can? Some pets react to pollen, dust, dander, dirt, mold, and other substances in much the same way that we do. Fortunately, medication and certain preventative measures can help. If you’ve noticed that your pet seems to be sniffling and sneezing more than usual as springtime rolls around, ask your veterinarian to test for allergies and see how to proceed.

Pesticides

It’s common for homeowners to set up pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and similar products in and around the house during the springtime to ward off pests. Fertilizers are also commonly used this time of year to keep landscaping or gardens voluminous and green. Keep in mind that many of these products can do serious harm to pets! Don’t let Fido or Fluffy come into contact with freshly treated grass or plants, and store pesticide products carefully.

Pests

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, heartworm, roundworm… your pet isn’t the only critter enjoying the warmer weather of spring. This is prime pest season—make sure your four-legged friend is wearing seasonal or year-round preventative medications to keep these pests at bay. If your pet needs such measures, set up an appointment at your vet’s office today.

Cleaning Products

Doing a little spring cleaning around the house this season? Almost any household cleaning product contains at least one harmful ingredient for a cat or dog. Keep your pet elsewhere when using strong chemicals, and always keep the supply closet closed when you’re not using the products inside.

Toxic Plants

There are all sorts of plants and flowers that pets shouldn’t ingest. Some of the more common offenders include azalea/rhododendron, lilies, poinsettias, daffodils, tulips, ivy, oleander, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, and certain varieties of aloe plants. Talk to your veterinarian to find out if any toxic plants are particularly common in your area, and take steps to remove harmful plant life from your home or garden as quickly as possible.

Does your animal companion need vaccinations, pest-control products, or an examination? We’re here to help with all of your most important pet-care needs! Make an appointment today at your Pickerington, OH veterinary clinic.