10 Guides for Spring Pet Care
Spring is here so get ready to take your pet out for some fun. Whether you are headed for a long drive or a walk in the park, as a pet owner, there are certain precautions that you have to understand. You and your pet will enjoy what spring has to offer by following the advice we have listed below:
1. Spring Allergies
Also referred to as seasonal allergies, spring is the season when trees are coming into life after a short winter hiatus. As a result, new life also equates pollen from budding leaves and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, some pets may be allergic to pollens.
Is your pet suffering from seasonal allergies? If you see symptoms like itchy and red eyes, sneezing, runny nose and coughing, then, yes, your pet has it.
What to do? Ask the Vet to prescribe allergy meds that you can take along with you, just in case. And, after a trip outdoor, bathe your pet to wash-off allergens like pollens.
2. Bee Sting
Since bees are attracted to flowers, then it is no wonder why there is an increase of bee sting cases on pets during springtime. Why? Because pets, particularly dogs and cats investigate the world through their noses and paws which are the main targets of bee stings.
If you see swelling and tenderness, normally in the face and on the paws, then your pet may be stung by a bee. To prevent the venom from spreading, remove the stinger as soon as possible. If your pet begins to vomit within 10 minutes after getting stung, take it to the Vet right away because of the possibility of anaphylactic shock.
To prevent the issue of a bee sting, make sure to supervise your pet while it is out.
3. Spring Plants
Though spring flowers make your home beautiful, some plants that are toxic to your pet.
For example, lilies and daffodils are toxic to dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.
4. Garden Proofing
Your pet will just sniff on just about anything. As a pet parent, be mindful of what you apply to your gardens like insecticide, fungicide, and herbicide. Yes, these products will add color to your garden but these can cause problems to your pet.
Our tip is for you to apply these chemicals early evening when your pet is done doing its business outside. Then in the morning, sprinkle with water to wash off any residues.
5. Mercury Rising
Do you love the idea of playing with your pet outside? No problem with that except that be careful about dehydration and heatstroke. Your pet must have access to clean water all the time.
Does your pet stay outside of your home? Is there a shaded area where your pet can take respite from the scorching heat? If none, allow it to go inside your home during mid-afternoon when the temperature is at its peak.
6. Spring Hormones
Is your pet a parrot? Did you know that springtime is when your parrot’s hormonal behavior starts to kick-in? It is that time of the year when their hormones surge that can trigger changes in behavior. Typically, spring behavior happens only once a year among sexually mature parrots.
Hormonal behavior is brought about by longer days.
You can expect behaviors like feather picking, aggressiveness, and nest-making. In case your parrot becomes aggressive, avoid letting it out from its cage, especially if you have some house guests.
But, never punish your parrot if it begins to show aggressive behaviors as this is part and parcel of their natural cycle during spring.
You can use the power of bird treats though such as hemp seed to pacify the aggressive tendencies of your bird.
7. Nasty Fleas and Ticks
Unfortunately, these pests are prevalent when the weather is warm. Not only will these tiny pests cause itchiness to your pets but these can also spread throughout your household. In short, you can also get bitten and get sick from their bites.
After taking your pet out, act as an investigator and check your pet of possible signs of fleas and ticks. You can manually remove it if you see any. It helps if you take your pet to the Vet for flea and tick prevention options like flea and tick collar.
What if your pet is a rabbit? Rabbit fleas which are also prevalent during spring can spread fatal myxomatosis. Be sure to groom your bunny regularly and check the head, neck, and ear areas of rabbit fleas.
We also recommend that you have your bunny vaccinated against myxomatosis.
8. Toxic Human Food
It’s vacation time once again for children which means eating and munching on delectable food like chocolates.
Teach or supervise your children not to give in to the food begging behavior of your pet. Dogs have the special ability to act and look pitiful while begging for food. But don’t be fooled.
Human foods that must not be shared with your pet are chocolates, grapes, avocado, salty and sweet food. Not to forget one of the fave foods of kids which is the good old fried chicken! The bones of the chicken can lead to choking.
Dogs love sticking out their heads and enjoy the wind while on an automobile ride. But this is dangerous. If there is flying debris, these can cause injury to their eyes and ears.
If you will take out your pet on a springtime road trip, better use an appropriate crate or you can use a seatbelt harness made for pets.
In case your pet enjoys the spring weather too much and wanders off, you need not worry for as long as it has been microchipped.
No worries since the process is painless and will be done in a just few minutes.
Spring is a wonderful time to go out and explore. But, don’t just think about your safety but also the welfare of your pet. By being mindful of your furry or feathered pet’s needs when the temperature rises, you protect your pet from the usual problems that are associated with spring.
Jaden is an author of mypetience.com, a pet blog sharing knowledge about taking care of a pet. He has more than five years of experience in raising small animals like dogs, cats, hamsters, and freshwater fish. What he always focusing on is offering valuable and useful information to pet enthusiasts.