With spring just around the corner, it’s time to remind pet owners of a few springtime safety tips to keep your dog and cat healthy as the warm weather approaches.

Changing Temperatures
Spring is a strange time of year, where the temperature can rise and fall multiple times a day. Make sure you’re always aware of how cold it is outside, especially with the wind chill, and time plan your walks or outdoor time accordingly. Observe your pet’s body language for signs that they’re cold and ready to go inside.

Melting Snow
As the weather warms, everything that’s been hidden under the snow will be revealed. Trash, birdseed or even bird droppings could be a tempting—but dangerous—snack for your pet. Always do a full inspection of your yard before letting your dog or cat outside, and always pay attention during walks to see if they’ve spotted anything harmful.

Many places use salt during the winter. As ice and snow melt, there could be an excess of salt on the sidewalks. Always rinse your pet’s paws after walks to avoid skin irritation and help prevent them from licking their paws and ingesting large amounts of salt.

Spring Bulbs
Another common springtime safety hazard are bulb plants such as tulips and lilies. If consumed, they can cause anything from mild stomach irritation to fatal poisoning, so it’s imperative to keep a close watch on pets when they’re around the garden.

Even with the best precautions and springtime safety preparation, your pet could suffer from an accident or illness. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is happy to offer coverage through Petline Insurance to help keep your dog and cat safe. You can be reimbursed for up to 80% of the cost of veterinary services such as X-rays, hospitalization, surgery, dental care and any prescriptions required for accidents or illness. Plans also include coverage for medical devices and therapies such as physiotherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture. Plus, when you sign up, you’re eligible to receive up to 4,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points annually.1

Learn more about Petline Insurance.

Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson’s Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance Company, Canada’s largest pet insurance company.

1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.