Spring Has Spring: Important Pet Safety Tips For The Season
Helpful tips that will keep your furry friend safe and healthy this spring.
Now that we are officially a couple of months into the green, refreshing spring season, it is about that time of year that we begin opening our windows to let the cool breeze inside of our homes and we begin to spend more and more quality time outside with our friends and our family―and especially our pets.
After being cooped up inside all winter long, without so much as a lake to swim in or a green patch of grass to roll around in, you can bet that your pets are just as ready to bid farewell to the cool winter weather and soak up the smells and sights of the season as you are. Whether you have a dog who enjoys long walks around the neighborhood after work, or your cat can’t get enough of the chirping birds outside of the window, the spring season is a special time for every type of pet.
However, just as we humans prepare ourselves for spring by cleaning out or homes or protecting ourselves from the onset of itchy spring allergies, there are certain precautionary measures that we must take during this time of year to protect our pets from the dangers that come with the changing of the seasons.
To help your furry friend get the most of the spring weather and remain happy and healthy all season long, we have put together these basic tips that are important for any pet parent to know as we head into the heart of spring:
1. Keep Them Tagged
The spring season is a great time for getting outside with your pets and exploring your natural surroundings, whether that means your local dog park or simply your back yard. However, more time outside can also mean more chances to wander off for a curious pet sniffing out the new smells of spring. Be sure that your dog or cat wears an identification tag complete with your home address, cell phone number and any other contact information that could be helpful if they wander away.
2. Put Away Hazardous Cleaning Supplies
For many people, spring cleaning is a well-practiced tradition that requires days of scrubbing, sweeping, washing and wiping. However, almost all commercially sold cleaning products include chemicals that can be very hazardous to your pet if they get into them. Be sure that you are using your cleaning supplies properly and that you put away all bottles and sprays as soon as you are done using them.
3. Keep Screens Shut
While it can be tempting to open up all of the windows and doors inside your home on a day filled with sunshine and welcome in the crisp spring air, many people do not realize that they are putting their pets at risk by doing so. Pets can easily fall or jump out of open windows without realizing the danger that lies outside for them. Therefore, be sure that you have snug, sturdy screens installed in all of your windows that will keep your pets securely in the home.
Spring is a great season for both pets and their owners alike. Make sure that this season is a healthy and happy one by following these three simple pet safety tips for spring.