Spring has sprung! It’s a beautiful time of year in South Africa but it also comes with its own set of potential pet safety challenges. Read on for a list of common springtime pet safety risks and how to prevent them.
Prevent Dehydration & Heatstroke
Help your pets beat the heat when it gets toasty outside by ensuring they have easy access to ample water and shaded areas. It’s also a good idea to bring pets inside and pop that fan on when the sun reaches its peak!
Need to stock up on water bowls? We’ve got a whole host of options for you to choose from. Take a look at our dog feeding accessories, cat feeding accessories, small animal feeding accessories and bird accessories.
Prevent Pest-related Illness
While pests are prevalent all year round, during spring and summer they come out in full force. So, it’s important you make sure your pet is up to date with their tick, flea and worm treatment – as well as their vaccinations. If your pets are prone to walking about in areas with long grass, make sure you check them for ticks!
Prevent Toxic Plant Reactions
Did you know that certain common plants can be poisonous to pets? Lilies, daffodils, tulips and Hyacinths are just a few that can potentially be toxic for pets. Do your homework and make sure you know which plants apply to your pet.
Prevent Potentially Losing Your Pet
Springtime weather is perfect! So, you might find yourself taking your fur baby out for more walks – which means there’s more opportunity for your pet to wander off and possibly get lost. That’s why we suggest ensuring you have adequate identification on your pet. From microchips to collars and tags there are lots of options to choose from. Our Pet Find Me Tag for Dogs is also a great digital solution! Check it out here.
It’s also a good idea to make sure your doggy leash is up to scratch to prevent your pet from pulling away and snapping the one you have! While you’re here, why not take a look at ours?
Just like humans, pets can have allergies too. Spring is allergy season. So, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet in case they show any symptoms. These may look like repetitive itching, sniffling, sneezing, or in more severe cases, your pet biting their own skin. If you notice any of these symptoms, check with your vet to see what they suggest treatment-wise.
You might also want to consider using hypoallergenic products on your pet – like our Marltons Gentle Shampoo.
For more pet care information and tips, make sure you read our monthly blog posts!