May 21, 2013

Pets and Spring Allergies

Spring has sprung and so have the flowers and warmer weather. For most pet parents, it’s the perfect time of year to take your pets for walks, hikes, or even days at the beach. But before you enjoy the great outdoors with Fido, take a little time to read how to protect your pets from spring allergies. Newly hatched bugs, critters and other possible dangers could have been dormant during the winter months, but are now actively irritating your pet.

How can you tell if your pet has allergies?

Just like humans, pets can be allergic to food, plants, pollens and dust. But how do you know if your pet is bothered by allergies? Most allergies in dogs and cats cause sneezing, sniffling and excessive scratching. If you notice these habits more regularly in your pet, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Some home garden plants can be hazardous to your pets

With spring comes beautiful gardens, and even though new plants are not poisonous to you, they can be to your pet. You would be surprised which ones are hazardous, such as apples, apricots and burning bush. To learn more about what to watch for in your garden and to see a full list of potentially dangerous plants, click here.

Fleas and Ticks

The moist air that comes with spring can also bring out the bugs. Don’t forget to always protect your pet with flea and tick products. These pesky little critters can cause your pet to itch and they can also carry diseases. Consult your veterinarian for the best flea and tick prevention medicines for your pet.

Bees are a Buzzin’

Does your pet chase everything that flies? Are you afraid one day they may get unlucky and actually catch them? If a bee stings your pet, follow these easy steps to ensure a healthy recovery.

We wish you and your pets a happy, healthy and fun spring! Enjoy the warm weather and quality bonding time together! Stay tuned to our blog for more tips and tricks.

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