The veterinary team at General Veterinary Hospital wants to ensure that each pet owner is equipped to provide exceptional care to their best friend all year long. Check out our safety tips below for each season of the year!
Cold weather, festive holidays, mounds of snow…all of these are signs of the winter season. There are many dangers that our pets may encounter, such as toxic chemicals like sidewalk salt and antifreeze. It’s important to keep these dangerous chemicals out of your pet’s reach and avoid their use whenever possible. We also recommend limiting your pet’s outside time to avoid frostbite and hypothermia which can occur very quickly in cold weather.
During the spring months, the weather is warming up and hibernation is over, but in our area, cold weather safety can remain a concern. Momentary thaws can bring dangerous pests, such as fleas and ticks, back into our area too, making it important for your pet to be on a pest preventive as the spring season approaches. After all, these pests usually get a foothold when our guards are down.
Summer is the season for barbecues, camping, and fun in the sun. Be sure to keep your pet safe from dangers during these activities. That means keeping all dangerous foods out their reach, keeping them on pest protection all summer long, and making sure they are never left unattended in a vehicle or in the sun without shelter and plenty of water. Summer can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take certain precautions for your pet.
The fall season means the holidays are approaching! During Thanksgiving and Halloween seasons, food safety is a very important concern for our pets. Remember there are many holiday foods that are dangerous for our pets, including fatty meats and bones, sugar and sweets, grapes, chocolate, and more! For your pet’s safety, be sure to keep all dangerous foods out of their reach, keep garbage can lids on tight, and discourage your guests from giving treats to your pet.