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Seasonal Pet Safety Tips

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By on May 13, 2018
Seasonal Pet Safety Tips

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Like the rest of the household, you want to make sure your home and yard is a comfortable place for your furry family members. While pets are a joy to have around the home, you need to make sure they are safe at all times.

With various holidays and changes in weather, it’s likely you’ll need to care for your home differently to make sure your pets are as happy as you are. See a few pet safety tips you can use for every season.

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Year-Round Pet Safety

While there are many tips that depend on the season, there are plenty of ways you can make your home a safe place for pets year-round. Keeping pet-safe indoor house plants is a great example. Often, when you’re looking for the perfect plant to adorn your living room, you might not be thinking about your dog or cat. However, there are some indoor plants that are poisonous to animals if they're ingested. Cats are notorious for getting into plants at home and can be sensitive to certain variations of succulents and flowers. If you do happen to have a houseplant that’s unsafe, spray the leaves with a citrus essential oil and water to deter your cat.

Stray cords and wires can be a hazard for your pets, especially puppies or kittens. These can be easily mistaken as toys and cause harm if they choose to play with them. Be sure to mount your cords out of reach. This includes cords for window treatments as well.

Spring Pet Safety Tips

Spring Pet Safety

As the weather gets nicer, your pet is likely just as excited as you to spend some time outdoors. Before they run out the door, be sure your fence is intact without any holes where they can escape. Get a fence repair if needed so your dog can roam freely in the backyard.

A big concern for pet owners during the late spring and early summer is pests, such as ticks and fleas. Prevention is key. Though most heartworm pills will contain a flea prevention medicine, it may not always provide a solution for ticks. You’ll need to invest separately in that.

Because ticks like to hide in tall grass, cutting and maintaining your grass regularly is very important. While you can do it yourself, if you're having trouble getting the task done regularly, you may want to call a lawn care service to help. The average cost to maintain a lawn is $226.

Summer Pet Safety Tips

Summer Pet Safety

Overheating is a big concern for pet owners in the summer. Make sure your dog or cat has adequate shade adn water in the summer if you’ll be spending time outside. Be careful of asphalt surfaces as well. Pavement can get to be so hot that it burns your dog’s paws. Test the pavement with the back of your hand before walking your dog. If it’s too hot to leave your hand on for a few seconds, it might be a better option to play fetch on the cool grass rather than go for a walk.

You also need to prevent other pests in your home this time of year, as this is prime time for them to sneak in through small cracks. From ants to small rodents, there are many DIY prevention methods you can try. However, these can be poisonous to dogs and cats if ingested. Look for pet-safe options that can get the job done.

Independence Day pet safety is a major concern as well. As you celebrate, be aware that fireworks and other loud noises can spook your pet and cause them to run away. It’s best to keep them inside during this time and not bring them with to any fireworks displays. If you’re hosting a July 4th party, be sure that guests properly close doors when they enter and exit the home, so there’s no chance of your pet escaping the home.

Fall Pet Safety Tips

Fall Pet Safety

If you’ve taken great care of your yard this year, there won’t be as many concerns outdoors for your pet this fall. Keep an eye out for wild mushrooms, as they may be poisonous to pets.

However, indoors, there could be plenty for your dog to get into as Halloween approaches. Keep your trick-or-treat candy, especially chocolate, out of reach from your dog. Chocolate can cause digestive problems for a dog, and if enough is ingested, it can lead to seizures and death.

Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter Pet Safety

As the weather gets cold and icy, be sure to have pet-safe salt on hand when you’re clearing your driveways and sidewalks. Chemical salt can cause irritation in paws. If you plan on walking your dog this winter, investing in a pair of boots might help keep their paws warm and healthy if they walk over any salt. Never leave your pet outside for long in freezing temperatures.

The holidays also require additional safety precautions for pets, specifically when it comes to Christmas trees. Tinsel makes cats curious, but if it’s ingested, it can hurt their digestive system. It might be best to stick to garland. You might also find cats, and even some dogs, are attracted to the toy-like ornaments on the tree. Keep wires and fragile ornaments out of reach for your pet.

Conclusion

Our furry pets are quick to become family members. Make your home a happy place for all with every season by utilizing a few of these pet safety tips.

Looking for more ways to make your home a great place for your pet? Read Pet-Friendly Flooring & Care For Your Home.

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