Spring is here, and with warmer weather comes increased outdoor time with pets and spring pet safety risks. Here at Bayside Animal Hospital, we love helping Texas pets and their owners enjoy all of the fun this time of year has to offer, but it’s important to be aware of spring safety for your four-legged friend.

Cats and dogs can both enjoy the turn of the season, as the weather warms up. If you’re thinking of adding a new puppy or kitten to your family, now is the perfect time as spring weather offers plenty of chances to bond and play outdoors. Here are a few of our top springtime safety tips for pets in Texas from your favorite local Kemah veterinarian. 

Secure Your Yard

little brown dog sitting in grass in front of a fence

With more foot traffic comes a higher risk for lost pets. Ensure that your backyard fence is the proper height to prevent your dog or cat from jumping over it. Keep gates locked at all times, and address any loose boards or gaps that smaller pets could easily slip through. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard, consider installing a dog run or pet playpen instead.

Also, make sure that windows have adequate screens to prevent pets from jumping or falling out. Cats especially love to soak in the sunshine, so make sure your window screens are strong and sturdy before opening windows to let in some fresh air. Lost pet prevention is key, as pets love getting outside in spring weather, too.

Pet-Proof Your Garden

sneaky cat outside sneaking through garden plants

Gardening is a favorite spring pastime for many, but isn’t always safe for your pets. Choose plants and grasses that are non-toxic and safe for both cats and dogs. See some of our top choices in this guide to pet-friendly gardening

Also be sure to keep your lawn well-maintained, and always pull up weeds and eliminate any fungi to keep your furry friends from eating them. We see many Texas pets who suffer from accidental poisoning because they nibbled on something outside that made them sick. Keep a close eye whenever your dog or cat is outdoors, and always ensure that plants around your home are safe for them–both indoors and outside.

Keep Pets Away from Cleaners and Paints

little dog covered in many colors of paint

Warmer temperatures make spring the ideal time to do some deep cleaning and home improvements, but many of the products involved are spring pet safety risks. Make sure that you keep any potentially harmful products away from animals and pets in your home. Our beloved local pets should never be left in enclosed spaces with fresh paint, or left unsupervised around bottles or buckets of cleaner.

It’s important to consider installing child-proof locks on cabinets and drawers as well, which can keep curious cats and dogs from exploring places they don’t belong. We aim to keep local Texas pets away from toxical chemicals of any kind.

Watch Out for Seasonal Allergies

Pets can be affected by spring allergies, just like people. Dogs tend to be affected more heavily than cats because they go outside more, which means they’re generally exposed to more allergens. Spring allergy symptoms in dogs include:

  • Frequent scratching/biting the skin
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing
  • Ear infections, usually shown by head shaking, and waxy and red ears
  • Paw licking
  • Excessive shedding

If you suspect your pet has seasonal allergies, your vet can make personalized recommendations for the best way to manage their symptoms. In addition to medication and ointments, there are also alternatives techniques to consider when it comes to seasonal pet allergies.
If you have any questions about spring pet safety and general care, please contact us at Bayside Animal Hospital anytime to speak with a Kemah veterinarian.