Naperville_000047785894_LargeNaperville’s flora and fauna are just starting to wake up after a long, hard winter and your pet is probably beyond ready to embark on spring adventures with you.

Before you get too caught up with yard work, cleaning, and trips to the dog park, take a moment to lock-in certain pet safety precautions. If enjoying time in the great outdoors with your pet this spring is something you’ve been craving since, say, November, just make sure you are ahead of the curve in the following ways:

Identification – Whether in your own backyard or at the neighborhood park, pet safety definitely hinges on proper identification and can reduce possible separation. Update your pet’s microchip information and ensure that physical tags on your pet’s collar are clear. Check on your property’s fencing and, if needed, look into training to gain more confidence about your pet’s response to your commands.

Preventive care – If it’s been awhile since your pet’s last wellness appointment, we recommend a quick check into your pet’s records to see if he or she is due for any vaccinations. Heartworm, spread by mosquitoes, and Lyme disease, transmitted by ticks, are major threats to pets spending any amount of time outdoors. We also recommend that pets are safeguarded against issues stemming from fleas. Lastly, spring is a great time to spay or neuter your pet, if it hasn’t already been done.

Allergies – It’s true: some pets do suffer from springtime allergies and if you notice your pet scratching or licking more than usual, please let us know. We can help you identify his or her allergy triggers and discuss supportive treatment and symptom relief.

Pet safety in the car – Cruising around in your car can be especially exhilarating during the spring months when blossoms fill the air, however, please do not put your pet at risk. Secure your pet with a harness designed with car travel in mind, or keep him or her safe in your fastened travel kennel. Allowing your pet to ride in the back of a pickup truck is a hazard.

Once you’ve watched a video of a stuffed pet flying around the car after a sudden stop or accident, you think differently about keeping them safe in the car. A dog riding with his or her head out of the window of a moving car is a picture of canine joy but in addition to accidents, your pet is at risk of eye infections and ear injuries. As a reminder, never leave your pet in the car unattended. Even cool days can heat up a car in no time.

Dangerous toxins – Spring definitely inspires deep cleaning and yard work. Be sure to use pet-safe products, clean in a well ventilated area, and only allow pets back in after treated surfaces are dry. Store your cleaning products, fertilizers, pesticides, and lawn care products appropriately. Choose pet-safe plants and mulch for your garden and limit your pet’s exposure to eating grass that has been treated. Rain or sprinkler puddles can be loaded with dangerous bacteria so, don’t allow your pet to lap up a drink. Please call us immediately if you believe your pet is having an emergency and requires care.

Springtime Pet Safety

In addition to our springtime pet safety reminders, we hope that you will continue to offer your pet the best combination of nutritious food, proper exercise and preventive wellness care. Please let us know if you have any questions and, above all, have a beautiful – and safe – spring season.