Spring is in the air, and people are heading outside to take advantage of the longer, warmer days. Our pets will want to spend time outside with us as well. New pet owners in particular need to be aware of all the springtime dangers that could cause illness in our four-legged friends.

Just like humans, animals can have seasonal allergies to pollen, grass and other irritants. Symptoms can include itchy skin, ear problems, hair loss and inflamed skin. As a new pet owner, keep a lookout for this common springtime danger and bring your pet to a veterinarian if you notice any allergy symptoms in your pet.

Toxic Weeds and Plants
Your garden likely includes some beautiful plants that could cause illness if ingested. For example, azaleas, rhododendrons and lily-of-the-valley can cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset.1 It’s important to keep an eye on your pets while they’re outdoors during blooming season.

A number of products that homeowners put on their grass and gardens to increase growth can be toxic if ingested, so it’s important to use pet-friendly lawn and garden products around your home.

As a new pet owner, the warm weather can provide hours of enjoyment with your new dog or cat. But remember that there are some springtime dangers that could cause illness, injury or discomfort to your pets. If you suspect something is wrong with your pets, be sure to bring them to the veterinarian.

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1 Petful. “10 springtime dangers for pets.” Retrieved March 9, 2018 from https://www.petful.com/pet-health/springtime-dangers.

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