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For pets, nothing beats the freedom of a fresh, new spring! It’s the joyous opportunity to take long walks, play, run, and explore. It’s also the opportunity to suffer from some very unpleasant health and safety issues, because, as pets awake from their winter slumber, so do ticks, fleas, and other man-made hazards. In Style Pet Boutique is here to help you keep your pet safe by learning about potential dangers lurking outdoors and taking preventative measures against them. Do that, and we can guarantee your spring will be a happy one!
Fleas and ticks are some of the most nefarious and aggravating dangers lurking outdoors. Once the weather warms up, they will pose a very real threat to the comfort of your pooch or kitty. ASPCA tells us that fleas are tiny wingless insects that nest and lay eggs in your pet’s fur, and feed on your pet’s blood. They can cause excessive blood loss (a more serious danger for puppies and kittens), and procreate like crazy, so if your dog gets fleas, they will probably play host to them forever unless they are stopped.
Ticks are arachnids, which burrow into your pet’s skin to drink their blood. They can transmit all sorts of unpleasant diseases to your pet and can cause anemia and skin irritation or infection. If your pooch or kitty is scratching a lot, it might be a sign of ticks.
The best way to deal with fleas and ticks is to prevent them. Visit your vet to learn about flea and tick medication. According to EmbracePetInsurance, there are plenty of oral and topical medications you can administer to your pet, which will effectively prevent infestations and keep your dog or cat parasite-free this spring. If your pet does develop skin problems related to fleas and ticks or other outdoor irritants, In Style Pet Boutique has many topical solutions which will provide instant relief to your pet. Earthbath Hot Spot & Itch Tea Tree Oil is an excellent option for dogs, and the HomeoPet Feline Skin and Itch solution will soothe your cat’s skin. Do not skimp on flea and tick preventative care for your pet - prepare and take the proper steps to ward off fleas and ticks this spring!
Less nefarious, but still plenty dangerous, are residual Easter foods and packaging. Chocolate is toxic for cats and dogs alike, and, according to Embrace Pet Insurance, is the number one poisoner of pets in America. It’s a real tragedy that the thing humans love so much can be so hazardous to pets! Keep your pets at a safe distance from your goodies by finding a sturdy gate to block their entry to temptation-filled rooms like the kitchen and dining room. The Autolock gate is an extremely reliable option for dogs. If your cat must be in the same room as tantalizing sweets and chocolates, you will be best off by putting your furry friend in a Wirehouse 2-Level Habitat temporarily. Roomy enough to allow them to exercise, these houses keep your cats close to the action, while out of the way of chocolates, wrappers, and other hazards. According to ASPCA, cats love to nibble on fake grass and other stringy gift wrappings, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, vomiting, and dehydration.
It’s okay for you to indulge in delicious spring candies and foods, but it is important to keep them away from your precious pet. Take the proper precautions to keep your dog or away from dangerous elements such as candy, chocolate and packaging to keep them safe and healthy this spring!
One of our favorite springtime activities is hiking, whether it be in a mountain, on an urban path, or around your suburban block. No matter where you go, you need to make sure your pet won’t cut loose and run into harm’s way. We love and trust our dogs, but sometimes, when a cheeky squirrel scurries across their path, those base animal instincts kick in, and they’re off, having completely forgotten all the rules of “sit” and “stay” you so dutifully taught them (and let’s admit it, this is part of the reason we love them!).
Keep your pet safe even in the face of the most tempting rodent antagonizers by getting them sturdy collars and leashes. The Crystal Beauty Leather Collar is an indestructible and attractive option. Add the Comfort Braid Leather Leash, and your dog will be a regular canine cowboy: calm, cool, collected, and not at all interested in the petty vagaries of squirrels and chipmunks.
Go out and enjoy the warmer weather with your pet by taking a walk or hike but remember to stay on the right path, as well as, have the proper outdoor essentials to keep your pet safe!
After four months of couch-sitting and at-home-staying, you’ll undoubtedly want to start taking trips away from the homestead. So just load up your pooch or cat in the car and get going, right? Not so fast!
Before you attempt a longer journey, you need to make sure your pets will be safe and comfortable on their trip by securing the proper travel equipment. For cats and small dogs, you will need a carrier to prevent them from climbing around the car and injuring themselves. We carry many attractive and convenient carriers, including the Roller-Carrier, which you can use to transport your pet in the car, and then easily roll along to your next destination. For larger pets, you can put down the Plush Embossed Tossed Dog Throw to keep your backseat hair free while keeping your dog comfortable during the ride.
Take advantage of this glorious season as you take your pet outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. At In Style Pet Boutique, we hope these four simple safety tips will help you take the necessary precautions to make this a fabulous and very Happy Spring!