Spring time, when weather starts to get warmer and flowers start to bloom.   Along with warmer weather and pretty flowers, comes some potential hazards for your pet.

During spring many pets experience seasonal allergies as the flowers, trees, and grass start to bloom. Unlikely us, pets usually don’t have watery eyes, stuffy noses or sinus pressure. They usually become itchy and may start scratching excessively or licking their paws.  You can help minimize the effect pollen may have on your pet by bathing frequently or wiping down their paws with unscented baby wipes every time they come inside.

If your pet is experiencing itchiness, you should have your pet examined by a veterinarian. As itchiness can be a symptom of other medical issues and may not be related to seasonal allergies at all.

Did you know that there are many plants, flowers, and some foods that can be poisonous to your pet?  Sometimes only a small amount may be needed in order for your pet to have severe and potential life threatening symptoms from ingestion of a plant. In many foods, only certain parts of the food may be toxic such as seeds, stems, or leaves.  To get a complete list of both toxic and non-toxic plants and foods, visit the ASPCA Poisonous Plant page. If you suspect your pet may have ingested something poisonous, call the clinic or contact  the ASPCA Poison Control at (888) 426-4435.

 Easter, a time of the Easter Bunny and candy for many parents and kids.  Maybe it is a time that the whole family gets together to enjoy an Easter egg hunt and a family meal.  Often times, we don’t think about the potential hazards that our pets are around.  We know that chocolate can be toxic for gum but did you know that the fake grass in that Easter basket can be dangerous for your pets?  Some pets love to play and eat anything stringy.  The grass may not pass through their system and get stuck in their stomach or intestines.

During such gatherings it is important to make sure your guest understand what is acceptable and not acceptable when it comes to feeding your pet table food. While green beans maybe okay to give to your pet, the green bean casserole isn’t especially if it contains onions or garlic.  Some foods and the ingredients used to make those dishes can be toxic to your pet. If your pet is not use to getting table food, then your pet may end up with an upset stomach which includes vomiting and/or diarrhea.  A trip to the animal emergency clinic shouldn’t be on the agenda for Easter