Spring Into Action, Pay Careful Attention to Your Pets This Season
North Shore Animal League America Pet Experts Offer Spring Safety Tips
Media & Communications Department
Phone: (516) 883-7900, Ext. 482
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March 28, 2013 (Port Washington, NY) – As we say goodbye to the chills and the snow and hello to the sun and the tulips, it’s wise to be aware of seasonal hazards that can threaten your beloved pets. The experts at Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, urge pet owners to be mindful of the time their pets spend outdoors.
“It’s an animal owner’s obligation to ensure its safety at all times, but spring especially presents a unique set of challenges with the weather change. With good preparation and knowledge, pets can be safe and comfortable over the season,” advises Mark Verdino, Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff.
Animal League America offers these tips:
- Springtime brings Easter fun but a lot of our human celebrations around the holiday can be toxic to our pets. Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies away from your pets. Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs and lilies can be fatal if ingested. Cats and Kittens love to nibble on plastic grass and this can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.
- Pet owners who spend time outdoors with their best friends should make certain they are protected with flea, tick and heartworm treatments and are up-to-date on vaccinations. Commit to a regular veterinary check-up for your pet and create a log that tracks treatment and vaccination dates.
- With the breezy days of spring many pet parents will be opening their windows. Be sure to install sturdy screens in all of your windows as to avoid putting your pets at risk of jumping or falling through the window.
- Dental hygiene is another effective “Spring Tune-Up” tool, so have your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned by a vet. Plaque, gum disease and decay are known to lead to other ailments, thus having a clean, well-maintained mouth can add years to your pets’ lives.
- We all know dogs love to feel the wind on their faces but allowing them to ride in the bed of a pick-up truck or stick their heads out of a moving-car window is dangerous. This opens up your pet to inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections from flying debris and insects. The abrupt stops or turns can also cause major injury, or worse, so please make sure your pets are always secure in a crate or wearing a pet seatbelt harness while riding along with you.
- Spring cleaning brings opportunities for harm to our pets. Be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pet’s way. Products such as paints and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Make sure to carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your pet. Be careful of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools.
- Springtime is a time of blooming and growth! But beware of the many popular springtime plants that are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. The aroma of Licorice Root Mulch is very appealing to our pets however it is toxic for them and if ingested can get impacted and require surgery to remove. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides might help our plants and lawns grow but they can be fatal for your pet if ingested. Take care to store these products in an out-of-the-way place.
- Welcome back allergy season! Pets, like humans, can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions to dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Please check with your veterinarian to see if your pet has a springtime allergy.
- Springtime means fun in the sun which means longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information.
- And most importantly, any time of the year, spay and neuter your pet so that your animals do not contribute to the large population of unwanted litters.
To learn more about keeping your pets safe and healthy at all times, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.
ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA
North Shore Animal League America - Home of the Mutt-i-gree® - headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The Animal League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt 20,000 pets into happy and loving homes each year. Over the past decade, the Animal League saved over 200,000 lives and has saved 1,000,000 animals since its inception. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/TheAnimalLeague, follow us at www.Twitter.com/AnimalLeague. To learn more about animal rescue and welfare, visit www.AnimalLeague.org.