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Posted on 03-22-2018

Pet Safety Tips for Spring with our Diamond Bar Veterinarian

It's springtime, which means both people and pets celebrate the arrival of warmer weather by going outside more often. This can be great, but it's important to remember that not everything out there is safe. Here are some springtime safety tips to keep your pet healthy and free of injury.

smiling dog laying down in grass and flowers listening to spring safety tips for pets

Avoid Unfamiliar Plants

Plants that are new to your pet are more likely to cause allergic reactions than ones previously encountered. These reactions can involve sneezing and watering eyes, but in pets, they can also cause swelling of the mouth and nose, hives, and rashes. Depending on the severity of the reaction, a trip to the vet may be needed. Some plants can also be poisonous to pets.

Be On the Lookout for Normal Seasonal Allergies

Pets often respond to these much like humans, but don't give your pet your own allergy medicine without consulting with a veterinarian first. Human dosages are calibrated for our size and species, and they may be far too much for your dog or cat to handle. Some human medicines may be poisonous to pets as well.

Watch Out for Dangerous Animals

Humans and pets aren't the only creatures coming out of their homes in the spring. Some dangerous animals to avoid in the spring season include porcupines, which deliver their spikes to the mouths of any dogs that get too curious. Snakes are another class of animals that can be dangerous. Even if the ones in your area aren't venomous, they can still deliver painful bites with the potential for infection. Examine walking paths carefully for their presence.

Start Up the Flea and Tick Prevention

Long-lasting vet-prescribed flea and tick preventives are easy to administer, and it typically only needs to be done about once per month. Since these parasites can cause horrible itching and spread disease, it's a good idea to start preventives as soon as the weather warms up.

Keep Your Pet Safe This Spring with Our Diamond Bar Veterinarian

If your pet has an unfortunate encounter with a plant or animal, come see us at East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Diamond Bar, CA right away. We are equipped to handle any needed treatments.

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