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Pet Safety for Springtime

The temperate breezes of spring are finally upon us, and your pet is probably looking forward to enjoying the warmer weather as much as you are. Remember, though—like any season, springtime brings with it a slew of potential pet hazards. Here, your Leesburg veterinarian tells you about five of the most common seasonal dangers.

Pests

This time of year, pests like ticks, fleas, and worms come out of the woodwork and latch on to any nearby animal they can find. Keeping your cat or dog on a year-round preventative medication is the best way to avoid the troubles that come with these critters. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good preventative for your particular pet.

Pesticides

Don’t forget that the chemicals we use to kill off pests are also dangerous to companion animals. Insecticides, pesticides, rodenticides, herbicides, and related products are poisonous and can prove deadly to pets if enough is ingested. Keep pets indoors if you’re spraying pesticide products outside, and don’t let your cat or dog come in contact with grass or plant life that’s recently been treated with chemicals.

Allergies

Springtime allergies may not just be a problem for the human members of your family. Pets, too, can develop seasonal allergies to pollen, dirt, dust, mold, dander, and various other triggers. If you notice your pet sniffling and sneezing more than usual this spring, let your veterinarian know. He or she can run tests to determine what your pet is reacting to and prescribe medications to help lessen the severity of symptoms.

Spring Cleaning Products

Setting aside a weekend for spring cleaning this year? Remember that many of the products you use to make your home sparkle also contain dangerous ingredients for pets. Everything from all-purpose cleaners, solvents, and bleaches to air fresheners and paints can prove hazardous. Don’t leave these products lying around where pets could reach them, and store them securely in a locked cabinet or closet.

Windows

Many homeowners open their windows during the springtime to let the warmer breezes in, and pets love lounging in the sun by the open windowsill. Unfortunately, this creates a falling hazard. Even cats, known for their grace and poise, can fall and suffer traumatic injuries. Check your home’s windows before opening them to make sure each one has a sturdy screen in place.

Call your Leesburg veterinarian’s office for more helpful springtime pet safety tips.

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