Spring is here and we are ready to get out and explore with our pets by our side. Naturally, with the rising temperatures, the spring season prompts some necessary spring pet safety tips that every pet owner should be aware of. Whether you’re headed out for a long weekend or an extended spring vacation, knowing how to protect your pet is essential as part of being a responsible pet owner. We sat down with the Trupanion pet program team to discuss important spring pet safety tips to keep our furry friends healthy and happy, so they can enjoy everything the spring season has to offer.
Nine necessary spring pet safety tips to know
1. Spring allergies
Different environments support different allergens. When traveling with your pets, always remember to pack allergy medication if prescribed by your veterinarian just in case. In addition, pets respond/react differently to different allergens, so there is no one size fits all remedy. If you think your pet is showing signs of allergies, seek veterinary care.
2. Unexpected weather changes
Unexpected weather changes is a key indication that the spring season is here. For instance, one minute it could be raining and breezy, the next moment could be sunny. Consider keeping weather-appropriate dog jackets, shoes, and towels in your car at all times to keep up unpredictable weather, especially while traveling.
3. Flea and tick season
As the temperatures start to rise, beware of fleas and ticks. Naturally, these pesky bugs are not only uncomfortable and cause itchiness and at times serious illness in our pets, but they can also spread throughout the entire household. These pests don’t discriminate either, so you and your other family members are prone. Also, if you regularly walk through wooded areas, or while hiking or camping, check your pets for ticks daily. Consider talking with your veterinarian about the best flea and tick preventive options available for your pets.
4. Safety on hiking trails
An important spring pet safety tip to remember is exercise caution on hiking trails. Naturally, “hiking trails come with an unknown amount of variables, with everything from off-leash dogs to wild animals,” points out on-site Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol. For the safety of your pet, keep your pets on a leash at all times while on the hiking trail.
5. Spring plants
Although spring flowers make a beautiful centerpiece in our homes and gardens, certain plants and flowers can be toxic to our furry friends. For instance, “lilies are very toxic to pets,” cites on-site Trupanion veterinarian technician Aubrey Halvorsen. To bring to light, lilies can cause kidney failure in cats or even death. Also, sago palm, daffodils, and tulips are on the list to avoid with your pets. Consider keeping pet emergency apps on your phone, as a quick resource when you need to seek care.
5. Changing temperature
Whether you’re out running errands with your furry friends or jet-setting on your next vacation, keep in mind how long your pets are outside and make sure to hydrate accordingly. For example, “always keep fresh water with you at all times, so your pets have something to drink,” says Marmol. Additionally, never leave your pet in a hot car, as temperatures can spike upwards within a matter of minutes. Consider your day-to-day plans or errands and bring your pup if it’s a good fit for all parties.
6. Standing water
Fresh rain can carry dirt, debris, and other pet health concerns. More importantly, they risk the chance of getting Leptospirosis, which can be contracted drinking from standing puddles. Keep an eye on your pup when outside and check in with your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
Standing water is a no-go in urban environments too. Certainly, many establishments like to provide water bowls for local dogs walking about. Steer clear of the communal dog dish and opt to give your dog water from a known source.
7. Sudden rain
Sudden spring rainstorms can pop up with little to no notice. While hiking and camping, make sure you have plenty of towels, blankets, and a raincoat to keep your pup happy and dry at the campsite. In addition, make sure you have proper bedding to keep your pup warm at night. For instance, a pet sleeping bag, such as Ruffwear’s Sleeping Gear, would be a great addition to any campsite.
8. Weather-appropriate gear
Whether you have rain or shine on your travel itinerary, always be prepared to be faced with all weather conditions. Naturally, when it comes to your pets’ health and safety, it’s best to pack additional options in case you might need them. Consider always keeping a pet travel bag with items such as a waterproof rain jacket, sweater, and cozy pet bedding for comfort.
9. Pet-friendly travel plans
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, it’s best to check-in prior to your departure date when traveling with pets. Alternatively, consider the best mode of transportation that is ideal for the entire family. Likewise, traveling with pets can prompt additional stressors due to the new unknown environments, such as a busy airport or train station. Further, by testing out the new environment prior to the departure date, it eases stress for humans and pets alike.
Spring pet safety tips: essential for the entire family
Spring pet safety tips are essential for everyone in our family. Similarly, unpredictable weather, spiking temperatures, and flea/tick safety are something to keep in mind for all parties when outdoors and while traveling. As you hit the road for your next spring destination, keep spring pet safety tips in mind.
Where are you traveling to with your pets this spring?