Springtime Safety Tips
Spring has sprung!
The change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.
Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Let Your Garden Grow—With Care
Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants—including rhododendron, daffodils and azaleas—are also highly toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten.
Pesky Little Critters
If possible, alter your walking route in winter to steer clear of sidewalks and other places where rock salt has been used. Try to find a park or field where all you and your dog will encounter is if you're lucky to get some pure, soft snow or just grass.
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
Feeding your Whippet
Just Whippets Rescue recommends that you feed a high quality manufactured food such as (dry kibble) Futures, Burns, Skinners, CSJ, Autarky or Red Mills. Please avoid foods with added colourings and preservatives, e.g. Bakers, which are low in natural nutrients, high in filler content and can induce excitable behaviour due to the chemicals used in producing the colouring of the food.
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