WOW here we are at the beginning of April and that’s great news because it means …
- we survived March 2020 – wow what a month that was. I know this is not all over yet but at least the whirlwind and the newness seems to have settled down to a new routine.
- SPRING is here, we have snowdrops in our front garden and they are proof to me that nature is strong and resilient. I planted these snowdrops when we moved in here 25 years ago. Since then there have been tree’s and rocks on them, things have been dug up, the whole garden was extended and dug over and still in the Spring they peak their pretty white heads out of the ground to show me they survived and thrived. Nature is incredible and I think we should all take lessons from it.
For pet parents spring bring with it new challenges. I don’t know about you but every year we have to adjust the lock on our gate, because things shift and the gate that lined up perfectly in the fall is now about 2 inches off and the latch no longer secures properly.
During this time when we are all home ALL the time, our pets are probably being let in and out the backyard on a more frequent basis. This means it is extremely important that you do regular backyard checks.
- Gate latches securely and stay’s latched.
- Fence boards are secure
- Check for gaps under fences
- Shed doors secure
- Look for items that have blown over/under or through the backyard over the winter that could cause harm to your pet
- Sprouting plants that could be toxic to your pet
Please do not do this just once, as the weather warms more and we go through the rollercoaster of Spring weather it is important you do this on a regular basis.
Also, as the weather gets warmer ensure there is plenty of shade in the backyard for your pet and fresh water at all times.
The next important reminder we will be addressing later in the week – checking for fleas and ticks before your pet comes in the house. Stay tuned so we can all work together to keep your pet safe and healthy.
Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.