Tips For Seasonal Pet Safety

Keeping pets safe during different seasons is crucial for their well-being. Here’s some seasonal pet safety advice:


  1. Allergies: Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. Keep an eye out for symptoms such as scratching, licking, and redness. Consult your vet for appropriate treatment.
  2. Gardens: Many plants bloom in spring, but some can be toxic to pets if ingested. Research pet-safe plants and avoid using pesticides or fertilizers that could harm them.
  3. Ticks and Fleas: Spring is prime time for ticks and fleas. Use appropriate preventatives recommended by your vet and check your pet regularly after outdoor activities.


  1. Hydration: Keep your pet hydrated, especially during hot days. Provide fresh water and avoid leaving them in hot cars or direct sunlight for extended periods.
  2. Exercise: Exercise your pet during cooler times of the day to prevent heatstroke. Pavement can get extremely hot and burn your pet’s paws, so stick to grassy areas.
  3. Parasites: Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are more prevalent in summer. Ensure your pet is up-to-date on preventative medications and consider using pet-safe mosquito repellents.


  1. Antifreeze: With cooler weather, people tend to use antifreeze in their cars. Unfortunately, antifreeze is highly toxic to pets. Keep it out of reach and clean up spills immediately.
  2. Mushrooms: Fall brings mushrooms, some of which can be toxic to pets if ingested. Keep your yard clear of mushrooms, and be cautious on walks in wooded areas.
  3. Allergens: Just like in spring, fall can exacerbate allergies in pets. Watch for symptoms and consult your vet if needed.


  1. Cold Weather: Limit outdoor time in freezing temperatures, especially for short-haired or elderly pets. Provide warm bedding and consider sweaters or coats for smaller or less furry pets.
  2. Chemicals: De-icing salts and antifreeze are commonly used in winter, but they are toxic to pets. Clean your pet’s paws after walks and store these products safely out of reach.
  3. Hydration: Pets can still get dehydrated in winter. Ensure they have access to unfrozen water at all times.
  4. Hypothermia: Watch for signs of hypothermia, such as shivering, lethargy, and shallow breathing. If you suspect your pet is suffering from hypothermia, warm them up gradually and seek veterinary care.

By following these seasonal pet safety tips, you can help ensure your furry friend stays healthy and happy throughout the year. If you ever have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our office with questions or to schedule an appointment!