Spring brings all sorts of happy things, but innocent curiosity can turn dangerous for your pet, often quickly.
Poisonous plants and toxins
Chemicals that may be used for spring cleaning and gardening projects can be harmful to your pet. Cleansers, solvents, paints, lawn and garden fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides can irritate skin and may be toxic if ingested. Plants, too, may be poisonous. Easter lilies, rhododendron, and azaleas are particularly toxic.
Click for ASPCA's Animal Poison Control contact information and details.
Click to see ASPCA's list of non-toxic and toxic plants.
Protect your pet from insect-borne illnesses with flea, tick and heartworm preventive products. Also, keep your pet away from sick or dead rodents and rabbits. Tularemia and plague are spread through fleas and contact with infected animals.
Stings and bites
Many spiders and insects arrive in spring. Watch for poisonous creatures and any signs of a bite or sting reaction, e.g., a swollen face from a bee sting. Please call us if you think your pet is having a reaction. Snakes also emerge as the weather warms. Rattlesnake bites are especially dangerous. Ask us about a rattlesnake vaccine.
Safe and happy travels
Avoid letting your pet hang her head out the car window or ride in the back of a truck. Flying debris, dust, and insects can injure eyes or ears or cause respiratory infections. Secure pets in a crate, harness, or seatbelt.
Allergies may cause sneezing or sniffles or itchy skin. Allergies can also be severe and cause an anaphylactic reaction. If you suspect your pet has allergies ask us about ways to keep them safe and comfortable.
A roaming curiosity
More outdoor activity means more chances for your pet to wander off. Collars and tags are important, but microchips provide a permanent ID. Ask us for microchip details.
Keep your pet away from easter lilies, plastic easter grass, candy, and chocolate. These can have gastrointestinal consequences and may be poisonous to pets. If you plan to buy chicks or bunnies, read up on their care requirements first.
In case of emergency
See emergency contact details here.