With the weather warming up, your pet will be eager to play outside and investigate new sights and smells. However, there are things to be cautious about when letting your pet explore so we have listed a few things for you to keep in mind while your pet is out and about this Spring.
Many popular mulches can be toxic to your dog. Coco mulch, for example, contains the same properties as chocolate and, if ingested, can cause harmful effects on your dog. Also, avoid using fertilizers and weed killers in any area of the yard that your pet may come in contact with.
Spring cleaning usually ends up being on the to-do list this time of the year. Be sure to keep all cleaning products out of reach of your pets. If it’s a nice day, open your windows or secure your dog outside while you clean to allow the chemicals to air out.
When the ground begins to thaw out, bugs begin to emerge. Make sure to keep up on your pet’s preventative medications to keep any insects and parasites at bay. Tick medications, heartworm preventative and vaccinations, while they should be used year-round, are especially important to use around springtime.
If your pet gets a tick, wear gloves and use a pair of tweezers to grab the tick as close to the pet’s skin as close as you can. Pull straight up in a swift movement and place the tick in a jar with rubbing alcohol. Make sure to screw in the lid. Disinfect the bite and wash your hands thoroughly. Monitor the bite area. If it is inflamed after a week or so, have a veterinarian take a look at it.