The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are beginning
to bloom – springtime is finally here! After a long winter spent cooped up inside,
you and your dog are probably ready to take on the great outdoors. However,
springtime brings a new set of hazards to watch out for to keep your pup safe.
If the change in season inspires you to do a little deep-cleaning,
make sure you keep all cleaning products far away from your pets. Dogs are more
likely to chew bottles, but even cats run the risk of poisoning by walking through
something freshly cleaned and then licking their paws. Even cleaners that claim
to be all-natural can contain chemicals that are deadly to dogs. It’s best to
completely separate your pets from your cleaning area by putting up a safety
gate until everything is dry and cleaners are put away.
Let Your Garden Grow
Having your dog dig up your garden beds might be the least
of your concerns. Common flowers such as daffodils, irises, primrose, and geraniums
are all dangerous to dogs and when ingested, can cause issues ranging from vomiting
to seizures and death. Also, avoid any mulches that contain cocoa shells
because it contains two compounds toxic to pups – caffeine and theobromine. To
keep your dog out of potentially dangerous areas in your yard, try an Exercise
Pen or a Chain-Link Kennel to allow them to enjoy the outdoors while staying
If you think humans are the only ones affected by springtime
allergies, think again. Potential allergens are everywhere, from the air they
breathe in while taking a walk to the grass they roll around in. Allergy symptoms
in dogs manifest pretty much the same way as ours do. If you notice your dog is
excessively itchy, licking his paws more, sneezing, has runny eyes or nose, or
has unusual rashes, allergies could be to blame. Pick up a medicated dog shampoo
that can soothe the irritation. Also, make sure to wash your pet’s bedding regularly
to avoid a build up of pollen, dirt, or other irritants.
It’s hard to think of spring without first thinking of Easter.
But remember that what is festive fun for you could be hazardous to your four-legged
friends. Chocolate treats are tempting for everyone on Easter, including your
dog! Keep the chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs out of reach because they
can be lethal for pets. While it might feel wrong to sit down to a big Easter
feast without sharing your scraps with your pup, human foods aren’t always the
best idea and can lead to serious digestive issues. While sharing your food might
make your dog happy in the moment, you could be in for a, umm, messy evening.