Keep These Safety Considerations in Mind This Spring

Safety Considerations
 
Every season presents safety hazards for your pet, and spring is no exception. Your pet’s natural curiosity means that she can find trouble both inside and outside the home. The tips below will help you develop a dog or cat’s mindset as you pet-proof for the spring season.
 
Seasonal Cleaning
If you’re like many of your neighbors in the Grantsburg, Wisconsin or Wild River, Minnesota area, spring cleaning is an annual rite of passage. When you have pets, it’s important to keep cleaning products out of their reach. Even cleaning products with natural ingredients could make your pet ill if ingested. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the following household cleaning products are most toxic for pets: bleach, carpet fresheners and shampoos, fabric softener sheets, toilet cleaning tablets, and vinegar.
 
Lawn
After looking at a brown lawn for months, Minnesotans can’t wait to start working on their lawn in the spring. Just keep in mind that fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and mulch can all have a toxic effect on your dog or cat. Be certain that you follow instructions on the label exactly and keep all products for your lawn and garden out of your pet’s reach. When mowing the grass or working in the garden, keep your pet indoors if possible.
 
Consider Screens for Your Windows
A cool breeze blowing through the house can feel better than air conditioning sometimes. However, your dog or cat could jump out an open window suddenly in response to noise or just to investigate what’s outside. If you prefer to keep your windows open, make sure each one has a screen so your pet can remain safe inside the house.
 
More Fleas and Ticks
Warm weather usually means more time spent outdoors. As welcome as this is, spring also means an increase in the prevalence of fleas and ticks. Ticks can infect your pet with serious illnesses like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease while fleas can cause allergic dermatitis. If you need help choosing the right flea and tick prevention product for your pet, just let us know.
 
Home Improvements
Many people wait until spring to add a room, paint their house, repair a wall, or complete other home improvement projects. It’s important to know your pet’s location before you get started. Your curious pet might decide to lick fresh paint or end up with a nail in his paw in the split second your turn your attention elsewhere. To avoid an emergency, plan to keep your dog or cat contained in another room or with a sitter until you have completed the project. 
 
Emergency Information
We encourage you to create a first aid kit for your pet and to keep it in a location you can get to easily. If you need immediate help, contact us after hours at 1-800-924-0588 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-855-764-7661. During regular hours, you can schedule an appointment at either clinic by calling 715-463-2536 locally or 1-800-924-0588.

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