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Seasonal Pet Hazards – Spring

April 15, 2017

Every season brings with it a few pet hazards that are more common during that particular time of year. Spring is no exception! While you’re preparing to enjoy the warmer weather with your animal companion, keep a few safety tips in mind. Learn more below from your Springdale, ON veterinarian.

Warm-Weather Parasites

You and your pet aren’t the only ones looking to get out and enjoy the warm breezes of spring. This time of year is when pests like fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes like to get out and latch on to our animal companions. Prevent the danger ahead of time by having your pet wear preventive medications to ward off these critters. Your vet is here to help—call the office today for more information.

Pesticides and Fertilizers

This time of year, we like to spray pesticides on our gardens and fertilizers on the lawn. Keep in mind that these substances, as well as similar products like fungicides and herbicides, can prove highly toxic to pets. Don’t allow your pet to munch on recently treated grass, plants, or flowers, and keep them safely indoors if you’re spraying chemicals.

Pet Allergies

Have you noticed your dog or cat sniffling and sneezing more than usual as spring rolls around? There is a chance that they’re suffering from allergies. That’s right—pets, too, can suffer from springtime allergies to pollen, dust, mold, and other substances just like humans can. Fortunately, preventive measures and proper medication can help. Contact your vet if you suspect your animal friend is suffering from allergies.

Poisonous Plants and Flowers

Many plants and flowers—lilies, various aloe plants, ivy, tulips, daffodils, rhododendron/azalea, elephant ear, and poinsettias, just to name a few—are dangerous for our animal companions. Check with your veterinarian to find out what kind of toxic plant life is particularly common in your area, and remove any offenders from your home or garden right away. Keep a close eye on your pet while they’re outdoors to make sure they don’t chow down on something they shouldn’t.


As the weather warms, we tend to open our windows and doors to let the warm breezes into our homes. It’s easy for pets to dart out at the first opportunity—stay aware of your pet’s whereabouts, and keep them identified properly with a microchip, ID tags, or both.

For more spring safety tips, contact your Springdale, ON vet.