Spring is here! Help keep your pet happy and healthy this season with these spring pet safety tips from our Emergency Medicine team at MedVet.

  1. Lilies. While many flowers and plants can be dangerous to pets, lilies are especially toxic to cats. If ingested, every part of the lily flower and plant can cause serious health problems, and in some cases, can be fatal. Some other types of spring time plants that can present a danger to dogs are azaleas, calla lilies, lily-of-the-valley, and peace lilies.
  2. Xylitol. Sugar-free candies and gum can contain large amounts of the artificial sweetener xylitol. Xylitol is highly toxic to some dogs and has been found to cause low blood sugar and liver failure.
  3. Chocolate. Chocolate, even in the smallest amounts, can cause serious health problems if ingested by a dog. The darker the chocolate, the greater the danger to the dog. Beyond the initial symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, chocolate toxicity can lead to tremors, increased heart rate, heart failure, seizures, and in some cases, can be fatal.
  4. Holiday Decorations. Turning holiday decorations and gift wrap into a prized new toy can be a big temptation for curious dogs and cats. Items such as decorative grass, if swallowed, have the potential to become lodged in a pet’s intestinal tract, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, intestinal blockages that call for surgical removal.
  5. Storms. For many pets, storms can be a stressful and scary experience. Pet owners can help their pets combat storm anxiety by making sure pets are not left alone during a storm, having their pet wear a thundershirt during storms, or talking to a veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications for pets. During calm weather conditions, let your pet explore your pre-determined storm shelter. This will help familiarize your pet with this area, helping relieve and anxiety associated with entering an unfamiliar place during a storm.
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