With all the blossoms, good moods, and bursting social calendars, spring in the Bay Area is downright dazzling. The brilliant weeks tucked between endless drizzle and blinding sunlight are unique to our spot on the map, and while it’s encouraging to see people out and about with their pets, there are always things to remember before embarking on any seasonal affair. Embrace the season with our spring pet safety tips and tricks.
More Time Outside
As the days grow longer and warmer, your pet is likely to be outside more and more. While there are loads of positives associated with this, it also means your pet is at an increased risk for the following:
- Getting Lost – Many pets love to wander, especially in spring when their mating drive hits the roof. The intoxicating smells, sounds, and sights can attract your pet away from you and home sweet home. Make sure your microchip information is up to date and tags are clearly visible. A spayed or neutered pet is also less likely to roam.
- Slipping Out – It’s always a good idea to make sure your backyard is safe and secure for your pet. Not only do you want to ensure that your precious pet can’t get out, but you also don’t want other animals to get in.
- Toxic Plants – People have their spring bulbs blooming right now, and there will soon be an abundance of urban flora. Rid your own property of toxic plants, and know what to look for when you’re out walking around. All lilies are dangerous, but there are various ferns and palms that are hazardous as well.
- Parasites – It’s sad but true. The fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are waking up and multiplying. Eliminate possible places in your yard for these parasites to hide, such as standing water or dank wood piles. Ensure parasite prevention is going strong (after a heartworm test comes back negative) and all vaccinations (like Lyme disease) are current. After any time in the woods or along the trails, check your pet’s entire coat and body for any “hitch hikers.”
Spring Pet Safety
There’s a lot to look forward to now that we’ve turned the corner into spring. Backyard barbeques, block parties, dog parks, farmer’s markets, and general spring revelry can all create dangerous circumstances for your pet.
If your companion can handle crowds and responds immediately to training and commands, you’re very lucky. If this isn’t your situation, please don’t allow your pet to become stressed out around strangers, loud music, and unpredictable events.
Taking your pet to a party? It’s a good idea to exercise and feed your pet beforehand. Also bring plenty of fresh water and treats for the party. Be careful of dangerous foods like chocolate, goodies artificially sweetened with Xylitol, alcohol, macadamia nuts, and fatty, rich meat.
A major rule of thumb for spring pet safety revolves around lawn and garden products. Many fertilizers, rodenticides, pesticides, and insecticides are considered unsafe for your pet. Know what a pet poisoning looks like, and call us right away.