Keep Pets Safe This Spring

| May 24, 2024

As the weather warms and spring blossoms, Toronto Humane Society is reminding pet parents to take extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of their furry companions. With the changing seasons, there are unique challenges and risks that pets may face, and it’s essential for pet parents to be proactive in protecting their beloved animals. 

Dr. Karen Ward, Chief Veterinary Officer at Toronto Humane Society, emphasizes the importance of spring safety for pets, stating, “As we start to enjoy spring and the warmer weather, it’s crucial for pet parents to be mindful of potential hazards that may arise during this season. From seasonal allergies to outdoor hazards, taking proactive steps to keep pets safe can help prevent accidents and ensure a happy and healthy springtime for our furry friends.” 

To help pet parents navigate the challenges of the season, Toronto Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe this spring: 

  • Allergy Awareness: Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. Watch out for signs such as excessive scratching, licking, or sneezing, and consult with a veterinarian if you suspect your pet is experiencing allergies. 
  • Tick and Flea Prevention: Warmer weather means an increase in tick and flea activity. Protect your pets by using veterinarian-approved tick and flea prevention products and regularly checking for signs of infestation. 
  • Spring Cleaning Safety: Be cautious when using cleaning products around pets, as some chemicals can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Keep cleaning supplies securely stored away from pets’ reach. 
  • Gardening Safety: While gardening can be a favourite pastime, be aware of toxic plants and chemicals that may pose a threat to pets. Keep pets away from areas where pesticides or fertilizers have been applied for at least 24 hours and avoid planting toxic plants in your garden. Be cautious of organic fertilizer too — its captivating scent might be appealing to your dog, who might make a meal out of manure. 
  • Outdoor Supervision: With longer daylight hours, pets may spend more time outdoors. Ensure that outdoor areas are securely fenced and supervised to prevent accidents or escapes. 
  • Avoid Puddles: While most dogs enjoy drinking from puddles, they can be a source of harmful bacteria, parasites, chemicals, oil, animal feces, dead insects, and litter. Puddles can contain a cocktail of nasties, from sharp objects to harmful bacteria. 
  • Securing Window Screens: Ensure that window screens are secure so that pets are not at risk of sneaking out or falling out of the window.  

As pet parents embrace the joys of spring, Toronto Humane Society encourages everyone to prioritize the safety and well-being of their furry companions. By staying informed and taking proactive measures, pet parents can ensure a safe and enjoyable springtime for pets and humans alike. 

In addition to offering safety tips, the organization is inviting the public to support their Spring Pet Gifts Campaign, which gives special treats and toys to shelter animals just in time for spring!