With summer quickly approaching, people and pets alike are anxious to soak up the sun in backyards, parks and trails. As a pet owner, the last thing you want is for your cherished pet to be in danger of hazards lurking in these areas. Pets Plus Us, a pet community and health insurer, shares a few simple tips to help your furry companions stay safe this season.
Top pet health hazards to watch out for this season:
· Flowers and bulbs: Some common poisonous plants for pets are tulips, daffodils, lilies, crocuses and lily of the valley. These plants contain either allergenic or toxic substances that can cause a variety of reactions in dogs and cats, from mild drooling or vomiting, to severe kidney failure. Read more about each type of plant and associated reactions at Pet Plus Us .
· Backyard hazards: Many pesticides such as fertilizers, weed killers and insect repellents can be harmful or fatal to pets. Look for non-toxic, pet-friendly alternatives. Also, keep your backyard clear of sharp objects such as broken glass to avoid a paw injury.
· Cleaning chemicals: As you set out for spring cleaning, remember that most chemical cleaning products are hazardous to pets. Follow product labels and storage instructions carefully, and opt for organic or naturally-derived cleaning products.
· Heat exhaustion: Spring and summer heat can put pets at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Avoid leaving pets in a car or other confined spaces such as garages or outdoor kennels on hot days. Be sure your pet has access to water and shade, and walk them in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.
· Seasonal allergies: Just like humans, pets can have allergic reactions to plants and pollens. If your pet is sneezing, scratching, or biting their paws excessively, or if you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, take them for a visit to the vet.
· Parasites: Visit your vet to discuss what type of parasite preventive your pet needs to keep them safe from warm weather parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworm.
If your pet comes in to contact with any of these hazards or other hazards, you can call the Pet Poison Helpline® at 1-800-213-6680 for $39/US per call. You can also get this service free as part of your Blue Ribbon Benefits if you have a policy or Enhanced Membership with Pets Plus Us.