Spring time issues for dogs are sometimes overlooked as we kick our heels up at the (very welcome) warmer weather.
Here are some factors to consider around your home and garden to make Spring as safe as it can be for your four-legged friend.
1. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Ticks are more than just creepy; they can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people.
The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Ask your veterinarian for advice and click here to learn more about ticks and the diseases they spread.
2. Parvo and Other Contagious Diseases
Warmer weather and closer contact among animals encourage diseases to spread. This can be serious, such as a parvo outbreak in dogs, for example.
Make sure your pets are up to date on the most important vaccines, and be particularly aware of a boarding facility’s reputation and get necessary inoculations before boarding your pets.
3. Metaldehyde (Slug Bait)
Snail bait represents a major risk for dogs and cats and is a more common source of poisoning than you may expect.
Snail and slug bait products typically contain the poison metaldehyde, and they taste sweet to pets. It’s important that you know the symptoms of metaldehyde poisoning in case your pet is exposed.
4. Pick Up the Sticks
After the winter chill and with much more outdoorsy time, your dog is probably going to be attracted to sticks. While you might guess that they are suitable toys and entertainment items for your dog, but they’re actually not.
Branches and sticks can splinter/break, cut a dog’s mouth/throat and cause a severe choking hazard. Instead of sticks, use suitable toys as an outlet for your dog.
5. Allergy central
Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens – which can make Spring time a mine-field. Allergic reactions in dogs can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings.
If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
6. Toxic Lawn Treatments
Don’t use unsafe garden products on your own lawn, and beware of your neighbour’s toxic chemistry projects too. It’s amazing what toxins people will use just to keep a lawn looking like an iridescent green carpet free of weeds.