• Spring has sprung!!  Before you embark on springtime chores or outdoor activities, be aware of potential springtime hazards for your pet.


    Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog and cat.  Foxtails are a grass-like weed plant.  The barbed seed heads of the plant can work their way into any part of your dog and cat. The ears, eyes, nose, between toes and directly into the skin.  Foxtails don’t break down inside the body which can lead to a serious infection.  Please use caution when walking and hiking with your dog.  Remember to stay on the hiking path, don’t let your dog go into the bushes and only walk your dog where you can see your feet.

    Easter Treats and Decorations – Easter lilies  and chocolate candy are toxic to cats and dogs.  Lilies can be fatal if ingested.  Cats love to nibble on colorful, plastic grass which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.

    Road Trip! – We all know that most dogs love to feel the wind on their faces.  However, allowing your dog to ride in the bed of a pick-up truck or hang their head out of a moving care is extremely dangerous.  Flying debris and insects can cause facial injuries (ears, nose, eyes).  Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness fitted especially for them.

    Spring Cleaning – When doing your spring cleaning, be sure to keep all cleaning products out of your pet’s reach.  Most commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your pet.

    Gardening – Many popular springtime plants can be highly toxic.  Many websites have a list of plants that are toxic to pets.  Fertilizers and insecticides are highly toxic as well.  Be sure to store these poisonous products safely away from your pet.

    Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm – Be sure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventative as well as flea and tick control.