Springtime Pet Care

by on 25/02/15 at 2:43 pm

Spring is in the air, and your puppy dog or kitty cat doubtless can’t wait to get outside and frolic – but there are potential dangers lurking in that lush, green grass and those bright, beautiful flowers. Check out our tips for some aspects of springtime pet care that may surprise you.

  1. The first and most important thing you can do for your pet during spring is to get them on a flea and tick control program. By taking preventative measures, you can avoid an infestation. Ingesting fleas is the cause of worms, so you may also save your pet from the pain of an internal parasite.
  2. Opening the windows during spring can let in that refreshing, warm breeze – and can let your pet out! Be sure that your windows have screens, and that they are wedged into place tightly. Cats can easily nudge a loose screen out of place, and even dogs may be able to escape. This is especially dangerous if your home is two stories or taller.
  3. With warmer weather come thoughts of spring cleaning. Make certain that your cleaning products and chemicals are locked away where your pets can’t find them.
  4. Heat stroke is another seasonal risk. When traveling with your pet, never leave them in the car unattended. Always have water on hand, and if your pet shows signs of heat stroke, cover them with a cool, damp towel and visit the veterinarian immediately.
  5. April showers bring May flowers – and if you’ve got a garden full of flowers, exercise caution. Not only do some fertilizers contain harsh and dangerous chemicals, but certain flowers are lethal to cats and dogs. Lilies, rhododendrons and azaleas pose a significant risk to your pets.
  6. Keep those Easter lilies out of reach, along with the candy and baskets. Everyone knows chocolate is bad for cats and dogs, but the plastic grass often used in Easter baskets is just as unhealthy. Cats in particular are attracted to the shredded plastic, so beware.

Despite the risks, spring is a wonderful time of year for you and your pet! Don’t hide inside, go out and play! Keep our helpful tips in mind and pick up all your pet supplies at Care-A-Lot Pet Supply in Virginia Beach and Newport News.

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