The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and we can almost say it’s officially spring. Learn how to make the most of the spring season with your cat or dog below.
· Make spring cleaning with your pet a breeze. Keep cleaners and chemicals well out of reach this spring, and allow any cleaners to air out and dry before you let your dog or cat sniff around. Trupanion has seen several claims for pets who have ingested everything from Mr. Clean to Fantastic All Purpose Heavy Duty Cleaner. There are plenty of natural cleaning substances that are safer options for your pet. You can make a highly effective all-purpose cleaner using half a cup of white vinegar and water and baking soda can be a safe way to absorb unpleasant smells.
· Plant a pet-safe spring garden. Choose safe plants for your dog or cat when working in the garden or bringing plants into your home this spring. Some of Trupanion’s most toxic claims come from plant ingestion, including a cat who developed acute kidney failure from ingesting part of a lily—Trupanion paid out over $28,000 toward his medical expenses. Herbs, vegetables—except for onions, chives, leeks and garlic— daises, roses, and violets are all great options that your pet can get into without concern. Take care with certain fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. They can be dangerous for your curious dog or cat.
· Work off that winter weight. If your pet spent their time this winter snuggled up inside, the extra lounge time can lead to a little extra winter weight. Overweight pets are more likely to develop serious conditions like diabetes, respiratory and heart conditions, and joint problems. Talk to your veterinarian about diet options and use the warmer weather and longer daylight hours to get up and moving.
· Prevent pesky pests from infesting your pet. Fleas, ticks, and worms become especially prevalent in the spring as temperatures rise. Talk to your veterinarian about parasite preventatives for your pet, which may vary depending on where you live.
Pet Poison Prevention
Lilies and household cleaners are abundant in spring—and toxic for our pets. Attached you’ll find our infographic on common household toxins for cats and dogs and below I’ve included tips from our veterinarians on how to keep your pet safe.
· Keep emergency contact information readily accessible including your veterinarian’s phone number and directions to your local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. You never want to be caught off guard.
· Prepare a pet first aid kit with any supplies you may need in case of an emergency. Make sure you include emergency contact information in the first aid kit as well.
· Familiarize yourself with pet poisons and keep them out of reach of your pets. If you believe your pet has ingested a poison, do not wait for signs to develop — take your pet immediately to the veterinarian. If you can, quickly gather information on what was ingested and how much your pet was exposed to.
· Consult your veterinarian to determine the best plan for you and your pet. Do not try to treat them with home remedies unless instructed by a veterinarian or expert.
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