Spring seems to be finally arriving, and with it comes many potential dangers to your pets that as a pet owner, you need to know about. Here are 5 big things to look out for as the season changes to keep your pets safe.
Temperatures: We’ve had a strange winter with temperatures fluctuating day by day and week by week. Before taking your pet outside, check the wind chill and watch for signs your pet is getting too cold.
Melting Snow: Snow melting isn’t just about having puddles everywhere, there’s also the component of discovering what is underneath the snow. Squirrel nuts or bird feces that may have been dropped on your lawn in the fall have now had time to ferment and can be dangerous for your pets if ingested. Dogs tend to travel with their noses, so be diligent watching your pet when going for walks so they don’t ingest litter, cigarette butts, or anything else not yet cleaned up from the winter.
Salt Overload: Even if it’s been awhile since the roads were salted near you, if they had been heavily salted there is residue left behind in the sand, gravel, and puddles on your street. Salt acts as a local irritant, and when it dries, can irritate your pet enough to lick it off. This causes the threat of a dangerous amount of salt intake. Salt is a poison in large quantities and can cause problems for your pet. To avoid this, rinse your pet’s paws in a basin of warm water when you come inside after a walk, this will help remove any salt residue.
Spring plants: During the spring, soil is moist and fragrant and this can attract pets to eat things they find there! Plants with like Tulips and Lilies, or any with bulbs can be everything from a mild stomach irritant all the way up to a really strong toxin. For a list of poisonous plants and flowers, visit the Ontario SPCA factsheets. Some people are also putting down early fertilizer, which when ingested can be poisonous as well to your pets.
Fleas: Flea season is pretty much year round now because there isn’t heavy enough freezing for them to die off. The warm weather that comes from Spring allows flea eggs to start hatching, which can cause problems for your pet. Be aware and prepared for this issue to affect your pets.
Active Wildlife: With the change of season comes an awakening of wildlife. Spring is mating season, so within a few months litters will start being born. When walking at night, be vigilant in watching for skunks, and raccoons, and other wildlife common in your area.
For more tips on Spring and taking care of your pet, check out the Ontario SPCA factsheets.