Though it may not feel like it, today is indeed the first day of spring! While there may still be a few wintry days ahead of us, it’s not too early to start thinking about springtime safety tips for your pets. Please see our 5 tips below to ensure that your pet is safe this season:
Photo: Maria L. Uribe
Microchip your pets: Once the warm weather starts we inevitably spend more time outside. That means we’re opening our door more often, which is the perfect opportunity for your indoor cat to slip out of the house. When you’re strutting around town with your pup, make sure he’s in a collar or harness and most importantly make sure your pets are MICROCHIPPED. Even indoor cats should be microchipped as this will ensure that if they escape and are found by a local Animal Control Officer, they can be identified and returned to you.
Spring cleaning: While you’re sprucing up your place for spring don’t forget to keep the cleaning chemicals away from your pet! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to animals. Keep your vet’s emergency hotline in a prominent place, just in case.
Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies out of your pets reach: Chocolate is toxic and Easter lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends. And be mindful, cats love to munch on colorful plastic grass and ribbons, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration if ingested.
Gardeners, beware: Fertilizers and insecticides are great for a pretty lawns and garden, but their ingredients aren’t meant for animal consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Fore more info you can call the ASPCA poison control hotline.
Carseats for your pets: It’s adorable to see a pup with his head out the window with the wind in his floppy ears, but this can be dangerous. Debris can get in their eyes, ears or lungs and cause injury or infection. Your pet should ALWAYS be secure in a carseat, crate or seatbelt harness when riding in the car.
Update: We are happy to report that Snowball, the 7-month-old puppy who came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston with a broken left paw, is doing well. He stopped by BVC earlier today for a check-up. Dr. Davis removed the splint from his leg and took x-rays to make sure that everything is healing correctly. As you can see from the photo, Snowball is looking very festive –one of BVC’s Vet Techs wrapped his paw up like a candy cane!
***Breaking News: A 7- month-old Maltese puppy with a broken left paw was recently abandoned at the Metrowest Cat Shelter in Ashland. This little pup was left outside the building in a crate on a cold night with a note that read “I am sorry to do this but I am leaving this dog here [because] unfortunately, I have no money to care for him. His vaccines are not up to date and I believe his left foot is fractured.”
Ashland municipal officials quickly reached out to the Animal Rescue League of Boston to provide the complicated and costly orthopedic surgery necessary to alleviate the dog’s pain and allow him to walk normally again. League Veterinarian Dr. Hugh Davis, DVM of Boston Veterinary Care performed the delicate procedure, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston is covering all costs associated with this pup’s surgery, care and rehabilitation. The staff has lovingly renamed this playful bundle of joy, “Snowball.”
Snowball before his surgery with Dr. Hugh Davis..
Thankfully, Christmas has come early for Snowball and he is now getting the love and care he deserves. Snowball is now recovering under the watchful eye of our dedicated staff at our Boston Adoption Center. For now he has to wear a cast, but he’s adjusting to it quickly and excitedly hops about whenever someone approaches him. Despite all of the hardships that Snowball has endured he is very affectionate and longs for human attention.