Watch Out for These Springtime Pet Dangers

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Suggestions to protect our pets this spring.

Now that spring is here, and we may be tempted to let our pets out to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine.  However, we need to remember that our furry friends face serious springtime risks.  Here are some of the dangers we need to watch out for.

  • Fleas and Ticks

When our pets play outdoors, they face the risk of flea or tick bites.  Not only can these pests make our pets itchy and uncomfortable, but they can also infect them with serious diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis.  To protect our pets from these parasites, our best course of action is to apply flea and tick medications monthly or take them to the vet where they can receive preventative flea and tick treatments.  Treatments are different for dogs and cats; thus, it is essential to pay attention to the labels when purchasing these products.

  • Fertilizers

During the spring months, many of us are excited to get our gardens back in shape. However, conventional plant fertilizers can be hazardous if our pets ingest them.  When we are working with fertilizer, we must store it where our pets cannot reach it.  We can also consider switching over to fertilizers that are all-natural and free of herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.  This way, if our pets do ingest the fertilizer, it will not poison them.

  • Snakes

With temperatures warming up, many poisonous snakes are coming out of hibernation. Unfortunately, playful pets might mistake these dangerous reptiles for fun playmates.  To protect our pets from snake bites, we need to check our backyards for these reptiles before letting our pets out to play.  Additionally, if we see that our pets are distracted or investigating something on the ground, we need to run over to make sure they haven’t discovered a snake. Last year at this time, my rescue pup found on three occasions snakes.  Two were non-venomous, but the third was a rattlesnake that she was barking at until I went to see what the commotion was about, and there was a coiled rattler about to strike.  Fortunately, I was able to get her out of harm’s way, but it was scary!

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we protect our pets this spring.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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