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Spring Time Hazards


Springtime brings more than just warmer temperatures and sunny skies. Mosquitoes, Fleas and ticks and Insects are just few of the things you can expect to contend with. To make the spring more enjoyable, be aware of various springtime hazards that can result in injury or illness to your pet. Preventing these hazards can help maintain the carefree days of spring.

This is the time of year when many people look forward to spending free time outside, enhancing their surroundings with lush plants and flowers. As many pets enjoy being outside in the warm spring, some thought must be given to their safety in the lawn and garden. With a little careful planning, you and your pet can enjoy a safe and relaxing garden environment.

Azalea (Rhododendron spp)- Ivomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)- Excessive salivation,   abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, gastro-intestinal   disorders, lack of appetite, tremors, convulsions, seizures
Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp)- Vomiting, diarrhea,   hypersalivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS   depression, cardiovascular collapse and death.
Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only species known to be   affected.
Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum)- Vomiting, inappetence,   lethargy, and kidney failure. Cats are only species known   to be affected.
American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)- Weakness,   convulsions, gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea.)
Clematis (Clematis sp.)- Vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers,   ataxia irritant or vesicant action.
Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Lily of the Valley (Convalaria majalis)- Ataxia, vomiting,   cardiac arrhythmias, death.
Narcissus (Narcissus spp) Severe gastrointestinal   disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis,   muscular tremors, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea spp)- Seeds may cause   hallucination, may cause diarrhea.
Tulip (Tulip spp)- Ingestion can result in intense
  vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hypersalivation, drooling   and lack of appetite.
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus oreintalis)- Ingestion can result
  in intense vomiting, diarrhea, depression and tremors.
Daffodil (Narcissus spp)- Ingestion can result in severe   gastrointestinal illness, convulsions, seizures, low blood   pressure and tremors.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp)- Ingestion can result in   ulcers in the mouth, vomiting and diarrhea.
Easter cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi)- Ingestion can   result in vomiting, diarrhea and depression. Cats can also   develop staggering.
Easter daisy (Townsendia sericea)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Easter orchid (Cattleya mossiae)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Easter lily cactus (Echinopsis multiplex)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Resurrection lily (Kaempferia pulchra)- This plant is   considered non toxic.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia splendens prostrata)-   Ingestion results in vomiting and diarrhea.
Day lily (Hemorocallis dumortirei)- Vomiting,   inappetence, lethargy, kidney failure. Cats are only   species known to be affected.
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)- Cardiac arrhythmias,   vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cardiac failure, death.

Whether due to space limitations or personal preference, some owners choose to keep their pet outdoors. These pets need special care in areas where summers can be brutal. When keeping your pet outside make sure he is comfortable and safe. Have at least a resting area that has shade all the time and water to drink. If it gets too hot it's better to bring your pet inside.

Just like humans, pets can get sun burned too! The pets skin needs to be protected from the sun. Extreme cases can even lead to skin cancer.

A quick stroll down the lawn and garden section of your local nursery can reveal many potential pet hazards. Caution in storing these products and limiting your pet's access to them can help ensure both a beautiful lawn and healthy pets.

For many people, spring means time playing in the sandbox or tending to a garden. If your household includes a cat that also enjoys time outside, a sandbox or garden is often considered an attractive outdoor litter box. Fortunately, there are methods and products that can be used to discourage this unwanted behavior. You can have toys specifically for the outside only.