Keeping Pets Safe in the Spring

Your pet is probably as excited as you are to enjoy the warmer weather and refreshing breezes of springtime. It’s your responsibility to make sure your four-legged companion stays safe this season! Use these tips from an Indianapolis vet to do just that.

Protect Against Pests

Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and parasitic worms are finally ready to come out of hiding and gravitate towards our pets. Of course, they carry dangerous diseases that can harm our furry friends. It’s safest to keep your pet on year-round preventative medications to prevent against infections. Ask your veterinarian how to get started, and about all the medicine your pet should be on to protect against springtime pests.

Watch for Allergy Symptoms

As pollen levels rise, your pet may respond to them with allergic reactions. Cats and dogs can suffer from the sniffling and sneezing of allergies just like us! Luckily, there are medications available to manage the symptoms. Consult your veterinarian if you think your pet is allergic to pollen, dust, dirt, mold, dander, or any other potential allergen in the environment.

Careful with Pesticides and Fertilizers

Heading out back to spray pesticides on your garden plants or sprinkle fertilizer on your lawn? Remember that these products contain chemicals that would undoubtedly harm a pet. Keep pets secured indoors when using chemicals, and don’t let them nibble on treated plants or grass.

Watch the Windows

Many pets, especially cats, like to lounge on windowsills to catch the warm sun and temperate breeze of springtime. If the window is hanging open or has a ripped screen, even graceful and agile cats can tumble out! Fall-related injuries can be quite serious, so check your home’s windows. If any screens are old, torn, or improperly installed, replace them with a new screen right away.

Spring Cleaning Safety

If you’re setting aside a weekend to clean your home this spring, keep your pet’s safety in mind. Many of the cleaning products you’re probably using contain chemicals that could be very hazardous to a pet’s health. Put your pet elsewhere when using chemical products, and remember to store them safely in locked cabinets or closets.

Your Indianapolis veterinarian can offer more helpful springtime pet-care tips. Call to find out the best ways to keep your pet safe this season.

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