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Happy Spring!

As the weather turns warmer, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors with your furry family members. Whether it’s going for a swim at the local lake, taking a walk around your neighborhood or playing fetch in the backyard, what spring activities are your pets’ favorite? Leave a comment on our Facebook page and let us know!

In this month’s Hometown Pet Advisor, we’ve outlined common plants in bloom to keep away from your pet, 6 warning signs of tick-related illnesses and our favorite warm weather treats for your pup. We hope you enjoy!

—Your friends at Hometown Veterinary Care

Common Plants for Your Pet to Avoid this Spring

As you begin to spend more time outdoors with your pets, it’s important to identify common plants to avoid throughout the spring months. You may be surprised to learn that several flowers and shrubs in your backyard, as well as potted plants in your home, may be toxic to your pet.

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats:

Lilies – According to the ASPCA, "Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show lilies are all highly toxic to cats! Even small ingestions (such as 2-3 petals or leaves) can result in severe kidney failure. If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care."

Daffodils – Bulbs for flowers such as daffodils are not safe for your dog to ingest. Ingesting these bulbs may cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and more.

Spring Crocus – If your cat consumes a crocus plant, especially an autumn crocus, seek vet attention as soon as possible. Possible side effects include gastrotestinal complications such as vomiting.

See the full list of plants for your pet to avoid on our blog » »
As warm weather approaches, be prepared for weekend trips to the lake, play sessions in the mud and other messy situations that Fido may get into! Stop by today and shop our variety of pet shampoos within our Merchandise Center!
WHAT ARE HOT SPOTS?
According to the ASPCA, "hot spots are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions that are typically found on a dog’s head, hip or chest area that can become quite painful for the dog… Dogs who are not groomed regularly and have matted, dirty coats can be prone to developing hot spots, as can dogs who swim or who are exposed to rain." If you suspect your pet has a hot spot, call our office today and make an appointment. We will provide you with the best solution to treat your pet’s skin issue.

6 Symptoms of a Tick-born Disease

Ticks suck. Literally. But what's worse is they can make your canine companion very ill. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis, while taking a blood meal from your furry friend.

Symptoms of a tick-borne disease can include:

  • Lethargy/depression
  • Fever
  • Shifting limb
  • Lameness
  • Swollen joints
  • Loss of appetite/weight loss
Read full article »

Warm Weather Treats for Fido

Treat your pet this summer with safe, healthy and easy to make treats. As the weather warms up over the next several months, a summer snack is a great incentive for your pet to learn a new trick or work on existing behavioral issues.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite doggy treats for you and your family to try creating this month:

Chicken Flavored Popsicles

  1. Mix 1 cup chicken stock with 1 cup of water.
  2. Place mixture in an ice cube tray.
  3. Lay the ice cube tray on a flat surface in the freezer and freeze overnight until the ice cubes are solid throughout.
  4. Supervise your dog as they enjoy to ensure they do not choke on the ice cube (especially larger dogs).
See more delicious summertime snacks for your dog »

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