Beware of Outdoor Dangers
Now that the temperatures are warming up, you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors with your pet. Just be mindful of some of the dangers that may await your four-legged friend, such as plants, lawn care products, and parasites. Northside Animal Hospital wants you both to enjoy this season, but we want you to be safe, too. Consider the following spring safety tips to keep your pet away from danger:
Plants may seem harmless, but there are many that are toxic to dogs, cats, or both. The most common toxic plant is the lily, which is potentially fatal to cats if ingested. Others include azaleas, oleander, and daffodils. Ingesting these toxic plants can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or worse for your dog or cat. To protect your pet, visit the ASPCA’s website for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants so you’ll know which ones are safe and which ones to avoid.
Poisonous Lawn Care Products
Fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides are common spring staples, and while they can do wonders for lawns, they can be quite dangerous to pets if ingested. Some pets might also be allergic to fertilizer products and can develop skin conditions if they roll around in recently fertilized grass. Always carefully read the labels on your lawn care products to be sure you’re taking the necessary precautions for your pet’s safety, or use only pet-friendly lawn care products instead.
Fleas and ticks and mosquitoes, oh my! These tiny critters are more than just pesky to pets. Did you know they can cause diseases? Fleas are linked to allergy dermatitis, ticks can cause Lyme disease, and infected mosquitoes can result in parasitic heartworms (heartworm disease). You can protect your pet from parasitic diseases by keeping them on a year-round preventive medication, which we can discuss during your pet’s next wellness visit.
If you have any questions about these seasonal tips, or if you think your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, contact Northside Animal Hospital at (706) 324-0333. One of our team members will be happy to help you.