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Springtime Pet Hazards

As the warmer weather of spring rolls in, so do a host of potential hazards to our furry friends. Learn how to avoid them with these safety tips from your Broken Arrow veterinary professional.

Pesticides

Keep your pet safely indoors when you’re spraying pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer on your lawn and garden. Pets can be poisoned if they decide to munch on a recently-treated leaf or tuft of grass. Read the directions and warnings on the chemicals you’re using, and call a veterinarian immediately if your pet does ingest some.

Seasonal Pests

The warmer weather brings out pests that love to latch on to our four-legged friends’ fur. Make sure your pet is on a flea, tick, and heartworm preventative, and that it’s up to date. Your vet can recommend the proper medications for your dog, as well as tell you about any special preventatives that your pet should be taking.

Spring Cleaning

Read all directions and warning labels on cleaning solutions, and keep your pet in another room while you’re using them. Just about all household cleaning products contain ingredients that can harm pets. Store these products safely in locked closets or cabinets so your pet can’t reach them.

Window Safety

Cats may be graceful animals, but even they are susceptible to accidentally falling out of open windows. In the spring, we’re more likely to open our windows and pets may like to lounge by them. Improperly-screened windows pose a risk as well—falls can result in trauma, broken bones, and other serious internal injuries. Check all screens to make sure they’re sturdy, or only open windows a small crack.

Allergies

Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from allergies in the springtime—pets can react to pollen, dirt, dust, and other triggers. If you notice your pet sneezing and sniffling, call your Broken Arrow veterinary professional to get your pet on allergy medicine.

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