Spring Hazards For Pets

Spring has officially sprung! Many of our furry patients are more than happy to say goodbye to snow and cold, and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Just like any other season, spring does present some specific hazards for our animal companions. An Eau Claire, WI vet lists some spring dangers for pets below.

Preventative Care

Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites are not only gross and often uncomfortable, they also carry dangerous diseases and other parasites! Make sure your pet is current on their vaccinations and parasite control.


Many pets suffer from allergies, just like people do. Watch for warning signs, such as respiratory issues, itching, and red, runny eyes. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.


Plants are another concern. Many popular plants, such as bluebells, lilies, tulips, azaleas, and daffodils, are toxic to pets. You’ll also want to be careful of wild plants, such as belladonna and foxtail grasses. Many types of ivy are also unsafe. Check the ASPCA site here for more information.


Keep your pet in mind as you prepare your garden. Slug or snail pellets, fertilizer, cocoa mulch, fungicides, and rodenticides are all highly poisonous to our furry pals!


Easter is just around the corner, and it presents its own hazards. Chocolates, candies, and candy wrappers are all very dangerous to pets. Keep those Easter bunnies and candies out of paws’ reach! You’ll also want to be careful with decorations, especially that shiny plastic ‘grass’ you find in Easter baskets.


Did Fido spend most of winter curled up in his doggy bed, dreaming of chasing squirrels? He may be out of shape. Take care not to overexert him!


Cat fights and dog bites are both concerns at this time of year. If you have a kitty, keep Fluffy safe and sound inside. As for Fido, make sure he is leashed whenever you take him off your property.


Gators can get quite aggressive at this time of year, as it’s their mating season. Keep pets safely away from bodies of water.


Spring can get pretty hot! Make sure your pet always has shade and fresh water. Also—we can’t state this enough—never leave a dog in a car unattended, even for a moment.

Please contact us, your local Eau Claire, WI vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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