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Spring Advice for small pets
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Spring tips for small animals

Spring is now upon us and families across the Uk are ready to give their house a good clear out and enjoy more time in the garden, many with their pets. 

Vets are urging pet owners to be careful when spring cleaning, as there are many hidden dangers lurking around the house which could harm pets.

From marbles falling out of a child’s toy box, toxic cleaning products not put back in the kitchen cupboard or sharp gardening tools left lying in the garden, pets may just see a ‘new toy’ and not a danger.

Spring is a great time to give the house a clean and have a clear out, from the wardrobe to the garden shed. But pet owners need to be aware of the risks these activities can pose to their pets.

No pet is immune to these dangers; rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters can all be affected.

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Eating outside

As the sun comes out, rabbits and guinea pigs might spend more time outside, but remember to keep their diet consistent. Changing your pets diet all of sudden can cause tummy problems. This can include leaving your rabbit to eat lots of lush green grass when the weather gets warmer. Also remember to not feed your pets lawn mower clippings. For more help on pet diets visit our pet advice pages. 

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Clearing out

It is always advisable to keep an eye on your pet whilst clearing out drawers, wardrobes, garages and sheds. Avoid leaving objects lying around as pets may be tempted to play with new items they see on the floor. Especially the smallest and seemingly innocent household objects often are the ones causing harm.

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Spending time outdoors

Children’s toys are bright and appealing to pets. Small toys such as Lego and marbles should be put away so pets aren’t tempted to eat them.

Remember to avoid heatstroke, and always make sure there are shaded areas for your pets to enjoy. For more information on heatstroke click here. 

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Garden

The warmer weather and the smell of freshly cut grass and flowers blooming means spending time in the garden becomes more appealing in spring. But more time outdoors brings pets into contact with sharp tools and toxic materials. 

All gardening tools should be returned to the shed or garage once they have finished being used, so that a pet doesn’t accidentally injure itself on their sharp points and edges. 

Many chemicals such as fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides and slug and snail pellets (metaldehyde) are very harmful to pets if accidentally consumed, and therefore should be used very carefully.  

Owners should adhere to the recommended waiting period before letting their pet back into the garden after using gardening products. 

Flowers and plants can be poisonous too. Rhododendron, azaleas, lilies, daffodils and spring bulbs are among those flowers which are most toxic to pets and should be avoided where possible.

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Cleaning

Be careful with cleaning products, paints, and solvents, as they can be toxic to pets and may result in poisoning if digested.

 

When using any cleaning products, pets should be kept in another room away from the potentially harmful chemicals and fumes.

Opening windows and doors can help disperse any fumes, but remember these can also be a danger, as pets may be tempted to jump (or could fall) through an open window.

Remember to also keep an eye out for flystrike, and keep your Rabbits environment clean. For more information   click here.