Snail Bait Poisoning and Other Spring Pet Safety Reminders


Chatoak_iStock_000035049898_LargeThere is so much to celebrate as winter yields to spring that it’s hard not to do a little happy dance. Inspiration to deep clean your home, start your garden, or head to the trails is not only common, it’s downright abundant during the weeks before Memorial Day.

However, before you get too carried away with this outstanding rush of spring fever it’s a great idea to refresh your spring pet safety tactics. That’s where your friends at Pet Medical Center Chatoak come in…

Yard Work and Landscaping

The best place to start with your garden is to choose your plants and accompanying materials wisely. Many types of fertilizers, mulches, pesticides, and plants are toxic to pets, and can result in a dangerous – or even fatal – poisoning. Plan your garden beds and landscaping ahead of time and leave out unsafe plants. Remember, even if your pet doesn’t eat the roots or bulbs of certain toxic plants, even small tastes of a plant’s pollen can have awful consequences.

Also, protect your pet’s wellness by keeping him or her indoors when you’re working on your garden, especially when applying chemicals on your plants or lawn. Allow the products to dry or dissolve before allowing your pet to enjoy the yard.

Snail Bait and Other Products

Speaking of your garden, you might seek various snail bait products to deal with an unfortunate snail situation. Because snail bait is unusually attractive to pets – but is highly poisonous – we recommend never placing it where your pet could find it. Tell-tale symptoms of snail bait poisoning include muscle tremors, shaking, and seizures, but it can lead to death, making it imperative that you call us immediately for diagnostics and emergency care.

Likewise, rodenticides or rodent baits are extremely dangerous. If you use products to eradicate vermin, make sure that your pet cannot become poisoned after eating a rodent that has been exposed to rodenticide. Know the signs of a pet poisoning and never hesitate to contact us.

Spring Cleaning and the Honey-Do List

Spring pet safety guidelines must include restricting the use of certain products to clean your home, or ones employed in the garage.

The safest products will not contain bleach, ammonia, paraben, or phosphates. Items in your garage that have toxic chemicals, such as antifreeze, should always be stored in a cabinet and off the floor.

Other Spring Pet Safety Ideas

It’s only natural to get outside as much as possible during the fair spring weather, but again, there are some things to be aware of.  Standing water, for instance, that forms after a spring rain or running sprinklers can collect tons of bacteria. Please do not allow your pet to lap up a drink while on a spring stroll.

Speaking of being outside with your pet, make sure that spring fever doesn’t escalate to aggression between your pet and other animals. Keep your pet close to you at all times when enjoying the spring weather.

One final note; don’t let your pet’s parasite prevention slide this spring. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos will be out shortly and your pet could be a victim.

Our spring pet safety tips would be incomplete without our reminder to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our team is always here for you!