Spring is here! With the change of the season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning, outdoor activities and maybe even some home improvement projects. Before you begin your seasonal chores or outdoor activities, take inventory of potential hazards for your furry friends.
Easter treats and decorations
Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies in check — chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets. Lilies can be fatal if ingested. Also, be mindful that kitties love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, and potentially cause severe vomiting and dehydration.
Screen your home
Many of us welcome the breezy days of spring by opening our windows and doors. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows, and secure screens for your doors. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames.
While every pet parent knows dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pickup trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections. Abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse. Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them.
Though some of us may dread this yearly task, be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way. Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
Home Improvement 101
Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your pets. Be cautious of physical hazards such as nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools. Keeping your pets separate from projects may be the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues.
Let your garden grow — with care
Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Always store these poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.
I know I’m not the only one experiencing itchy eyes, sneezing and stuffiness from the dreaded allergies that come with spring. Did you know that pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens too? Allergic reactions in pets can cause minor sniffling and sneezing. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Out and about
Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off. Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. HSCAZ offers micro chipping for your pets for just $40, which includes registration. All you have to do is call and make an appointment during our business hours.
So enjoy the weather, as well as your pets’ companionship. If you don’t have a pet, maybe it’s time for one? You can always come down to the Humane Society of Central Arizona, located at 812 S. McLane Road, and see our adorable adoptables. We are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also view our adoptables online at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org, or by going to Petfinders and entering 85541 in the zip code search tab.
Bubba is a 2-year-old neutered male Catahoula/Anatolian Shepherd mix. This incredibly laid-back pooch came into our shelter after being found in the Ponderosa Campground.
Buddy is a 4-year-old neutered male Shepherd/lab mix. This energetic young chap was a bit too active for his previous owner. He would be a great exercise buddy for the right person!
Rascal is a 1-year-old neutered male Husky mix. This puppy-like, blue-eyed baby came into HSCAZ after being found as a stray. He was out jammin’ to music and trying to find a party!
Zoey is a 2-year-old spayed female heeler mix. This dog is incredibly gentle and loves life to the fullest. She is the ultimate girly-girl and loves people.
Scout is a 2-year-old neutered male lab mix. He loves to play ball and would literally be a phenomenal baseball player if he was a human. This goober is a great canine companion!
Poppy is a 2-year-old spayed female American bulldog mix. She walks on her toes like a princess and loves to be with people. She is also great with other dogs!