Spring Safety Tips for Dogs
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the Cubs have kicked off what’s sure to be another underwhelming season. Yep – it’s spring, and it’s actually starting to feel like it. Hurray! It’s about time, isn’t it?
If you’re like most dog owners, the warmer weather means you and your pup will probably be spending a lot more time outside. We don’t blame you! Though this is arguably the best time of year to explore the great outdoors with your four-legged friend, the shift in seasons brings a number of dangers that could put a wrench in your fun. Here are a few spring safety tips for dogs to keep in mind as the season starts heating up.
Nix the sticks Now that the ground has thawed there are a lot of sticks lying around that are ultra tempting to your dog. While sticks may seem like a fun (and free) way to keep your pup entertained, they can cause choking and severe mouth and throat injuries. So if your dog likes to chew and chase, chose a ball or Frisbee instead.
Beware of new plants Dogs love chomping on grass, but not all greens are safe to eat. Spring typically brings a whole new host of plants that could be harmful or toxic to your beloved pooch. Get out your plant guide and be sure to keep Fido away from toxic plants that could cause vomiting, diarrhea, or even death.
Watch for seasonal allergies If your dog has been itching and scratching more than usual lately, she may be suffering from seasonal allergies. Aside from being unsightly, hair loss, hot spots, scabbing, and open sores on your pup’s body leave room for infection to set in. To alleviate her symptoms, read up on our seasonal allergy remedies here.
Use pet-friendly cleaning products As you start your yearly spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to review your household cleaners to see if they’re pet-friendly. If the bottles don’t say the contents are safe for your dog, keep these products out of paw’s reach. In the event that your dog does ingest a household cleaner, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline at 888-426-4435 immediately.
What extra measures do you take to keep your pup safe from springtime dangers? Share your spring safety tips for dogs with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!