Petfinder.com, where you can find nearly a quarter of a million adoptable pets listed by more than 12,000 adoption groups, offers these tips to pet owners now that spring is — finally — near:
* There will be plenty of sticks and branches on the ground after winter, and they can cause choking and severe mouth injuries to dogs. If your pet likes to chew and chase, make sure to use a tennis ball, Frisbee or other toy instead of branches.
* You might be doing some spring cleaning; if a pet ingests a household cleaner, don’t call a human poison control center – they won’t be able to help with animals. Call your vet or the ASPCA poison control hotline, 888-426-4435.
* Dogs can get seasonal allergies just like people … but they manifest themselves in dogs more as skin conditions than sneezing. Check with your vet for treatment options.
* Flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats should be continued year-round, but even if you take a break during winter months, make sure to apply the preventatives before the weather warms up.