Spring is in the air. As the days get longer and you gear up for outdoorsy fun with your pets, it’s important to keep their safety in mind. We have a few tips to help:
• Spring blooms are pretty, but some plants and flowers are poisonous to pets. Lilies are extremely toxic to cats. Just a tiny amount, a little nibble or a lick, can be enough to cause irreversible kidney damage.
• Keep pets away from holiday decorations and treats. Poison control centers report a spike in calls about chocolate poisoning around Easter, and some animals like to chew on the grass in Easter baskets, which can become lodged in their gastrointestinal tract.
• As you do your spring cleaning, be mindful of the chemicals in the cleaners you use around the house.
• Spring is when fleas and ticks reappear so make sure to ask your vet about preventative measures to keep them at bay.
If your pet does have an emergency, please contact our HSN Veterinary Clinic at 239-643-2143. If your emergency is after hours, you can contact Animal Specialty Hospital (10130 Market St, Naples, FL 34102) at 239-263-0480 or Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists (28400 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135) at 239-992-8387.