With the change in season and weather, remember to take some time to ensure your pet’s safety while doing your spring cleaning chores.
Check your screens. Examine your screen doors and window screens for tears or loose spots. This is especially important for screens on the upper floors of your home. If you leave windows open to let in the fresh spring air, make sure that your screens are secure so your pets cannot get out.
Keep up to date on vaccinations and medications.Spring can bring new hazards with the onslaught of pesky bugs. Your pets will want to spend more time outdoors. Make sure your pets have year-round heartworm preventive medication and protection from fleas and ticks.
Make sure your garden is safe.When you are outdoors planting your garden, keep in mind that your pets will also take an interest in your garden. Bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are toxic so you may want to exclude them. Only use as much fertilizer as is necessary and observe the waiting period after applying before letting your pets outdoors.
Keep identification current.A microchip is the best way to find a lost pet. Be sure to update your information if you’ve moved since your dog or cat has received a microchip. Even if your pet is microchipped, it is still good to have a sturdy collar and a tag. Make sure the tag has your address and cell phone number on it.