Spring Pet Safety in Decatur

Many of the things that characterize spring can have their share of hazards for our pets. From cleaning supplies to garden fertilizer to poisonous mushrooms and severe thunderstorms, spring is not just about blooming flowers and chirping birds. Take a moment to review our spring safety tips to keep your pet safe and healthy!

Helpful Tips

  • Use pet-friendly cleaning solutions if possible, and use exactly as directed. If necessary, keep your pet in another room while you clean just in case.
  • Make sure all cleaning supplies including soaps, scrubs, and sprays are stored in sealed containers and/or kept far out of your pet’s reach.
  • Fertilizers and pesticides can also be highly toxic to pets. Use and store these responsibly, and if you just treated your lawn, keep your pet off of it for an hour or so.
  • Check around your yard for mushrooms; more often than not, these are very poisonous and may even be fatal for your pet if they get ingested.
  • Make sure there isn’t any poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumac growing in your yard; these plants can affect pets similar to how they affect humans.
  • Other plants and flowers to keep out of your pet’s reach include sago palm, lilies (any type), azalea, rhododendron, daffodils, tulips, wisteria, and oleander. You can visit petpoisonhelpline.com for a complete list of plants that are poisonous for pets.
  • Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations and parasite prevention.
  • Is your pet microchipped? They probably should be. In times of severe weather, many pets can become very stressed and may even try to escape to get away from the noise. A microchip greatly increases the chances of a lost pet returning to their family. You can also talk to us about calming options for your pet.

Have Any Questions?

We’ll be happy to answer. Just give us a call at (217) 428-7709 so we can help!