Spring in the Desert: Fleas, Rattlesnakes and Poison Prevention
Springtime is an excellent time to get outside to enjoy the sun and warmer weather with friends, family, and your furry companions. However, as exciting as spring can be, it also can come with numerous health and safety concerns that can be detrimental to the wellbeing of your pet. As we begin to dip our toes into the spring season, now is a great time to brush up on the various seasonal hazards that may put your furry friend at risk.
Spring offers a wonderful opportunity to start the season off fresh with many folks tackling some heavy-duty cleaning! However, as you’re getting into every nook and cranny in your house, be sure to keep your pet’s health top of mind at all times. Cleaners and chemicals – even the organic ones – can contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage to your furry friend’s health. When cleaning your house, try not to use cleaners or chemicals in areas and on surfaces where your pet likes to hang out. In addition to mindful use, properly storing your cleaning materials will also help to keep your pet safe. Animal poison prevention is vital when spring cleaning your space. If you suspect that your furry friend has ingested poisonous substances, be sure to contact your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center immediately.
Make a note of the number: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435.
Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy the springtime – this warmer season also brings out a variety of critters that also enjoy basking in the sunshine. As Arizonans know, this time of year draws out snakes from their cozy hibernation quarters underground. While not all snakes are dangerous, pet owners need to be prepared for Arizona’s rattlesnake season. An encounter with one of these creatures can be deadly for your furry friend. Always be aware of your surroundings and where you step while on walks or hiking with your beloved pet.
Along with snakes, the warm weather also brings out an abundance of bugs – including mosquitoes. To help keep your pet safe, be sure to maintain your furry friend’s heartworm preventative medicine and be aware of the early signs of heartworm disease in dogs and cats.
Remember, being outside and going on walks increase your pet’s chances of having bugs hitch a ride on them – including fleas and ticks. On top of using medications prescribed by your vet to help prevent fleas and ticks, be sure to regularly check your pup’s body for these critters after being outside.
Springtime in Arizona means different fruits and veggies are in season, as well as various plants blooming. Yes, it’s true – pets can have allergies too. Common allergies for pets include various foods, pollen, plants, and even dust. Just like their human counterparts, your furry friend’s allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe. Mild symptoms can include sniffling or wheezing, while severe symptoms can be as life-threatening as anaphylactic shock. Watch your pets for signs of allergies so you can take the necessary steps to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. If you have questions about allergies, talk with your vet.
Springtime offers countless opportunities to create cherished memories under the sun, as the warmer weather beckons you and your furry friend outside. As exciting as this time of year can be, it’s still essential to make your pet’s health and safety your number one priority. Be on the lookout for health risks that can come into contact with your pet. Seasonal allergies, cleaning materials, and desert critters can all put a damper on this season for both you and your pet. Utilizing early prevention tools, along with being aware of your environment, can help to ensure your springtime is a blast.
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[Disclaimer] Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.