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Spring Safety Tips

Spring is here and our pets know it. They have spring fever and that means they'll want to spend a lot more time outside. Though the outdoors brings us fresh air, sunshine, and cool breezes, it also brings an array of health hazards for our pets.

Here are some tips from the experts at North Shore Animal League America, to help give your pets all of the spring without any of the fever!

Make sure your pets are protected with flea, tick and heartworm treatments and are up-to-date on vaccinations. Keep a file with your pets' medical information and keep track of necessary follow up shots and appointments.

Keep identification on your pet at all times, and make certain that the information is current and legible.

Just like humans, pets need good dental hygiene. Try brushing your pets' teeth or giving him snacks that prevent and/or remove plaque. Ask your veterinarian which dental services they provide and when you should utilize them.

Is your dog eating grass? Unless it's been treated with fertilizer or pesticide, don't worry. It could mean he has a bellyache, or it could just be his natural instinct to aid his digestion.

Springtime means spring showers and sprinklers which can leave puddles of standing water. Try not to let your dog drink out of puddles, as standing water can be filled with bacteria leading to gastrointestinal upset or ailments.

Know your pet's proper body weight and feed him accordingly. Take note how his body reacts to his food and ask your vet if a special diet is in order. Exercising (playing) with your pet is not only good for their figures; it's good for their hearts and minds too.

Nothing beats a leisurely spring ride in the car. If you're taking your pet with you, make sure he is properly contained. Don't put him in the back of a pick-up truck where he could fall out or let him hang out of open windows where debris can get in his eyes or he could get hurt.

Just like us, our pets have allergies too. If you notice obvious signs of allergies like swollen eyes, frequent scratching, fur/skin conditions or sneezing, you may want to take your pet to the vet to explore those allergy symptoms.

Grooming is not just about vanity. Keeping your pet clean and groomed prevents skin irritations, fleas and ticks and keeps his temperature regulated. Make sure his nails are trimmed but not too short.

The outdoors is not the only thing pets get a fever for in the spring. Springtime is mating season! Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered so that they don't contribute to overwhelming pet overpopulation problem.

Certain common spring plants can be extremely hazardous to your pet. Many can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested and some can even be deadly.


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