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Spring Hazards for Pets

March 16, 2021

Spring is jus t a few days off, officially at least. At this time of year, both people and pets are looking forward to the warmer weather. This time of year can be dangerous for Fluffy and Fido, however. Read on as a local Fort Collins, CO vet discusses some hazards for pet owners to be aware of.


Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other parasites will soon be on the rise, along with the temperatures. Make sure that your furry friend is current on their preventative care!


Wild Animals

Many wild animals are emerging from hibernation at this time of year. Stray dogs and cats will also be out and about, with many of them feeling aggressive and looking for mates. Be careful when walking your dog in wooded areas. As for Fluffy, we recommend keeping her safe and sound indoors. If your pet is overdue for vaccinations, make an appointment with your vet right away.


Lepto

This one is more of a concern for folks in rural areas. Lepto is a disease that dogs pick up through water or soil that has been contaminated by infected animals. Cases often rise in spring, as so many fields get muddy with snowmelt. Ask your vet for more information.


Heat

Temperatures can spike suddenly in spring. Make sure that your pet is prepared for hot weather. Your furry friend should always have fresh water available. If you have a yard for your canine companion, do a quick cleanup and remove any dead branches or debris. Fido will also need shade and shelter in his outdoor hangout.


Plants

As soon as the weather warms up, many people will head outdoors to get their lawns and gardens back into shape. Several popular plants, such as tulips and daffodils, are toxic to pets. The ASPCA has a full list he re . Many lawn/garden products, such as pesticides and fertilizers, are also unsafe. Keep your furry pal out of areas you are working on. If you treat your yard, water it really well afterwards, so the chemicals seep into the dirt.


Easter

Easter trapping s are also a concern. Some common dangers include chocolates, plastic eggs, hard candies, bouquets, unsafe foods, and that fake plastic ‘grass’ you find in Easter baskets. Ask your vet for more information. 


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