Keeping Your Pet Safe This Spring

Spring is officially here! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, your pet is probably as excited as you are to enjoy some outdoor time. Remember to keep Fido or Fluffy’s safety in mind this time of year! Here are a few tips from your Greenwood, IN veterinarian:


Did you know that your pet can suffer from allergies just like we can? Dogs and cats alike can suffer reactions to pollen, dust, dirt, mold, dander, and other substances. If you’ve noticed that your pet seems to be sniffling and sneezing more than usual now that spring has sprung, it’s time to pay a visit to your vet’s office.


If your pet will be spending more time outside as the weather warms up, it’s important to remember that outdoor pests are a danger once again. Fleas, ticks, parasitic worms like roundworm and heartworm, mosquitoes carrying disease… it’s far easier to protect your pet in the first place rather than treat an infestation after the fact! Talk to your veterinarian about getting your pet set up with preventative medications.


Do you place pesticides, rodenticides, herbicides, and the like in or around your home? Remember that these products are poisonous, and can easily harm our companion animals if they manage to ingest them. Place pesticide products with extreme caution, and consider trying out non-toxic, pet-safe alternatives like traps. Also make sure to store such products in a safe area where pets can’t reach.

Cleaning Products

It’s spring cleaning time! Keep in mind that many of the products you’re using to spruce up your home aren’t safe for pets. Household disinfectants, toilet bowl cleaner, furniture polish, carpet shampoo, and much more all pose a threat. Keep pets elsewhere when using dangerous chemicals or substances that give off strong fumes, and keep the supply closet door closed tightly when you’re not using the products inside.

Poisonous Plants

Plants and flowers found both inside and outside your home may harm your dog or cat. The list includes dieffenbachia, elephant ear, aloe plants, lilies, daffodils, ivy, oleander, azalea/rhododendron, chrysanthemums, and poinsettias, to name a few. Do some research to find out what sort of toxic plants are common in your area, and remove them from your home or garden as soon as possible.

Would you like more advice for keeping your beloved companion safe this spring? Call your Greenwood, IN veterinary clinic.

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