cat and liliesNow that spring is finally here, it might be a good time to go over a few items on our spring safety check list for pet owners.

Warmer weather means an increase in fleas, ticks, and worms as this is the most favourable time of the year for them.

Now is a good time to ensure your pet’s flea/tick and worm treatments are all up-to-date and that those creepy crawlers will stay well away from your pet.

If you are a gardening enthusiast and a pet owner it is really worth doing some research to make sure you have a pet safe garden and indoor pet safe plants or bouquets.

Many plants are poisonous for pets: lilies, rhododendrons, crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, and tulips, among others.

The levels of toxicity of these plants range from mild to severe. Common clinical signs showed by affected pets include drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, increased heart rate, abnormal breathing, tremors, seizures and in some case, death.

Bulbs from plants such as daffodils or tulips are particularly dangerous for dogs. These bulbs are more poisonous than the rest of the plant and dogs often dig them from gardens or simply eat them before they’re planted.

Lilies, especially of Lilium or Hemerocallis species (the “true lilies”) are very dangerous for cats. All parts of the plant are poisonous including its pollen, and the water if they are in a vase.

Ingesting even very small amounts can lead to kidney failure in cats and this can easily happen, as all it takes is for cats to brush past a flower and then lick the pollen off their coat.

For a happy and safe spring ensure all plants, bulbs, and chemicals such as fertilisers, insecticides, herbicides, and slug and snails bait that are poisonous for pets are kept away from them, or if possible, avoided entirely.

Well done Jo!

Well done Jo we are all very proud of you on being a Nominee in Petplan Veterinary Awards 2018

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