Springtime Ready: Tips for Pets

With the change of season just around the corner, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities, gardening, road trips and much needed home improvement projects. But before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor activities, learn about how you can keep your furry friends safe this coming spring.

OUT AND ABOUT

With the warmer weather looming, you and your pet might go to the park more often or enjoy longer walks. This also increases the chances of your pet wandering off. Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, phone number and personal information. If you’re road tripping, make sure your pet is secure in a crate or seatbelt harness designed for pets. While most dogs love to feel the wind on their faces, allowing them to ride in the back of pickup trucks or stick their heads out of moving car windows can also be very dangerous. Dogs can have inner ear or eye injuries and even lung infection due to flying debris and insects.

GARDENING

Although fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet gets to them. Always store these products in out of the way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants- including rhododendron and azaleas—are also highly toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten.

HOME RENOS

When doing some home improvement projects,
be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation,
blades and power tools. Products like paint, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to pets too and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. It might be a good idea to keep your pet safely confined in a pet-friendly room during this time.

SPRINGTIME ALLERGIES

Believe it or not, pets can have allergies too and it can be caused by foods, dust, plants and pollens. Usual symptoms include itching and minor sniffling. However, life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings may also occur. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please do not hesitate to contact our practice.

This article has been contributed by Dr Daniel Huynh, a local veterinary surgeon in Merrylands. He has graduated from University of Sydney and has been a veterinarian for 9 years. For your pet care needs, visit Merrylands VET at 122 Merrylands Road, Merrylands NSW 2160 or call (02) 9682 1547.