Be aware of these springtime dangers that can affect your pet.
The brighter, sunnier days of spring mean that people and their pets are out and about enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, this can lead to more traffic accidents, cat fights, dog bites, allergic reactions, and heatstroke incidents. To help you protect your pet this spring, here are some of the main hazards to look out for.
Look out for those chocolate treats around springtime. Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine that is poisonous to dogs – even in small amounts. Keep Easter treats away from pets at all times and contact your vet immediately if your dog as eaten any amount of chocolate.
Daffodils, crocuses, and tulips can be toxic to pets, and their presence in the home can tempt animals to nibble them. The flower heads can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and lethargy. In severe cases, this may result in dehydration, tremors, and convulsions. Be sure to keep any spring flowers out of reach of pets or opt for pet-friendly plants instead.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in home baking and found in many products such as sugar-free gums and diet foods. It can also be found in some chocolate and other sweet treats around Easter time. Dogs, in particular, are extremely sensitive to xylitol and even small amounts can cause toxicity.
From spring to early summer the pollen count is at its highest and this is when owners are likely to be stocking up on antihistamine medication. These are incredibly toxic to dogs and cats. Signs of ingestion include vomiting, lethargy, incoordination, tremors, and wobbliness. Make sure you keep all medication away from pets.
We hope that you and your pet have a safe and fun spring! For your insurance needs, we’re here to help. Contact the team at AimPro Insurance to secure reliable coverage.