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Dangers Spring can bring: Insurer gives warning to Lancashire pet owners

Spring marks the beginning of bluer skies, warmer weather, and new life.

Whilst many eagerly anticipate the arrival of the new season, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the dangers Spring can bring to their furry friends.

This National Pet Month, insurer petGuard wants to spread awareness about hazards for animals.

James Whitten, marketing manager at petGuard, said: “From toxic plants to seasonal allergies and outdoor hazards, springtime can bring about a range of challenges for pets.

“Many of the beautiful spring flowers are poisonous for pets. Flowers such as lilies, daffodils and azaleas may look gorgeous, but are particularly toxic to both cats and dogs.

“Daffodil bulbs are the most toxic part of the plant, pet owners should ensure that keen pups and kittens don’t dig them up and digest them. Daffodil heads are also harmful and could cause vomiting, diarrhoea or lethargy in your pets.”

For those wanting to protect their spring gardens from slugs and snails, pellets can seem like the obvious choice. However, pet owners should reconsider this decision if their pets roam around the garden.

Pellets are designed to kill slugs and snails and, whilst ingestion by larger animals may not be immediately fatal, it could still be incredibly harmful.

Most pellets will contain chemicals and pesticides. Metaldehyde, for example, is the most toxic compound that can be found in pellets. If pets consume even a small amount of the chemical, they could be in danger of poisoning.

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