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Springtime Safety Hazards for Pets

Finally, spring is in the air. As is the case with any season of the year, it’s important to be aware of a few potential pet hazards in the springtime. Learn more below from your vet in Gresham, OR.

Allergies

Many pets suffer from allergies, just like humans do. Pets may react to pollen, dirt, dander, dust, mold, and other allergens. If you notice your pet scratching, sniffling, or sneezing more than usual as springtime rolls around, it’s time to notify your veterinarian. By putting your pet on medication and reducing his or her exposure to the offending allergen, you’ll make them feel a whole lot better!

Outdoor Pests

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and parasitic worms such as flatworms and roundworms are a special problem as the weather warms. It’s important that your pet is wearing a seasonal or year-round preventative medication to ward off these pests, because they carry dangerous diseases and can induce harmful infestations or infections when they get ahold of your pet. If your animal friend needs pest preventatives, call your vet’s office.

Pesticides and Fertilizer

In addition to the pests your animal friend may encounter this time of year, the chemicals used to kill off those same critters can be hazardous as well. If you use pesticides in or around your home, place them carefully where pets can’t reach them. Also beware of fertilizers, herbicides, and the like that are sprayed on lawns and gardens. Don’t let your pet come in contact with recently treated plants or grass.

Cleaning Chemicals

Doing a little spring cleaning soon? It’s probably safest to restrict your pet’s movements to a different part of the house until you’re done. Many supplies found in your cleaning closet—ammonia, bleach, household disinfectants, solvents, polishes, floor cleaner, and more—can prove harmful to a pet if they were to ingest it. Also make sure your supply closet door is shut and locked whenever you’re not using the products inside.

Open Windows

It’s great to open your windows to let the fresh spring breeze in, but check carefully to make sure all of your window screens are sturdy. If one is missing or has a rip, a lounging pet who isn’t careful may fall out and severely injure themselves. Every spring, veterinarians treat pets who have accidentally fallen out of open or improperly screened windows!

Call your Gresham, OR veterinarian for more springtime safety tips.

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