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With the Bank Holiday weekend just around the corner, it’s the purrfect opportunity to do a ‘Spring Clean’, or some gardening (weather-permitting!). Or perhaps to roam further afield exploring new walks with your beloved companions, or dusting off the BBQ ready for Summer… but whatev-fur you’re up to at this time of year, here’s what to be mindful of when it comes to the wellbeing of your beloved pets 🙂
Sadly, our four-legged friends won’t be the only creatures bouncing about with excitement this Spring. Be wary of buzzing insects as allergic reactions vary in pets, just like they do in humans. Avoid leaving your fur-friend unsupervised in the garden for long periods of time and if you notice they’ve been stung, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice!
Plants & Flowers
Although beautiful to look at, plants and flowers such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies and daffodils can be poisonous to dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. For a full list of what to look out for and how to prevent your pet from being poisoned visit the petpoisonshelpline.com
Your cat might roam, your rabbit might graze, your dog might dig! No matter which pet you have, ensuring your lawn is well-kept will improve their wellbeing. Be mindful of rocks, stones, gravel or dry patches of soil. When using lawn feeders or fertilizers, be sure you read the labels carefully and adhere to instructions; don’t let your pet out into the garden until the effects of all chemicals have worn off.
Avoid feeding lawnmower clippings to your rabbit or guinea pig – be it natural or man-made, anything could be mixed up in there and could be harmful to your small furry friend!
Though we’re never in too much danger of this in the UK, be careful when the weather is extremely hot. This will put pets, especially rabbits and guinea pigs, at risk of heatstroke or dehydration. Always make sure your pet has access to shade and ample clean drinking water. Perhaps bring them indoors during the mid-afternoon when the sun is highest.
You might not think the inside of your house poses the same amount of threats and to be fair, it probably doesn’t. That said, you can never be too careful!
When bringing your pet back indoors after a picturesque afternoon in the garden, be sure to wash and dry their appropriate body parts. It’s far from unheard of for a dog to catch fleas outside and bring them indoors, causing an infestation.
If you’re doing a spring clean, think carefully about what you leave lying around – and where you leave it. Keep trip hazards to a minimum, anything your pet could climb on or into or anything you yourself could trip over and cause harm accidentally.
As with the garden, keep harmful cleaning products well away from your pets. Bleach, paint, paint stripper and plughole un-blockers are all bad news. When using these kinds of products, it’s best to keep your pet in another, danger-free room. And to make sure the room is well ventilated when you do let them back in.
Ticks & Parasites
Make sure your pet is up to date with all relevant vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments. Ticks thrive in the warmer months so be on the lookout and check your pet’s fur regularly. If you find one, remove it as soon as you can. We recommend a specialist tick remover or tick hook. Be wary of tweezers as they often don’t remove the tick in full. If you’re struggling or don’t feel comfortable, just give us a call to get them checked out 🙂
Lost but Found
If you haven’t already, get your pet chipped! In 2016, microchipping your dog became a legal requirement. But we recommend microchipping your precious cats too – the process is quick, painless and dramatically increases your chance of finding them if they wander off a little too far. We’ve even been asked to microchip a guinea pig before 😉 so don’t take the risk! Get your precious pet chipped!
No-one knows your pet like you do, but we all know they’re full of surprises! In public places, you might see rabbits, squirrels, birds or other people’s pets. Stay alert at all times; if your dog gets too excited, consider popping them back on their lead for a little while where they may learn ‘no means no’!
As always, if anything doesn’t seem right, please contact your vet straightaway. We love offering advice on all aspects of pet care so use our expertise to put your mind at rest 🙂
We hope you and your pets enjoy the run-up to Summer and if you can think of any other helpful spring tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Until next time,