Important tips to keep your pets safe this spring

As spring arrives and the weather warms up, we will start going out more with our dogs and maybe do some gardening. This is also the time of year when many people celebrate Easter. Steve Marks, Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services at NC State Veterinary Hospital, shares some important tips for keeping our pets safe this renewal season.

Spring Pet Safety Tips

As spring arrives and the weather warms up, we will start going out more with our dogs and maybe do some gardening. This is also the time of year when many people celebrate Easter. NC State Veterinary Hospital has some important safety tips to consider this time of year.

  • As you go out for walks and outdoor play, make sure your dog is up to date with all vaccinations, has a microchip for identification, and is wearing a label with your contact details. Keep them on a leash during your walks.
  • Watch for snakes and check your pet for ticks after you go outside. Also make sure they are up to date on flea, tick, and heartworm medications.
  • Some plants and fungi can be harmful and make your dog sick if eaten. It’s best to try to keep them from eating things you’re not sure about.
  • This is the time of year when many people work in their yard and garden and do spring cleaning. Some yard and garden products like fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides, and citronella candles can be harmful to your pets. Household cleaners can also be toxic, so keep them away from your pet.
  • For those celebrating Easter, it’s important to know that some household plants like lilies can make your pet sick. You should also keep your pets away from Easter candy, especially chocolate.

If you have any concerns about your pet, you should always start by calling your local veterinarian for advice.

For more pet safety tips for all seasons, visit: go.ncsu.edu/petsafety

This post originally appeared in Veterinary Medicine News.

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