After a long winter, we’re sure that you’re ready to get outside with your dog. While we couldn’t agree more, but make sure you are careful of these springtime hazards.
Fertilizers and Mulch
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, most fertilizers contain a wide assortment of potentially toxic substances including iron and nitrogen. They could also have pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Even if the chemicals don’t poison your pet, large amounts of fertilizer could result in gastrointestinal or pancreatic problems.
Like people, some dogs can have an allergic reaction to bee stings, especially if stung by multiple bees. Talk to your veterinarian about how you can keep your pup safe from bee stings, and what to do if your dog is stung.
Spring means warmer weather, longer days and lots of bugs. While it’s important to keep your pets on heartworm, flea and tick preventatives year round, doctors say it’s essential during the warmer months when bugs are most prevalent. Don’t forget to check your pet for ticks after walks in wooded or grassy areas.
Spring Cleaning Safety
Annual spring cleaning can expose your pet to harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach and chlorine. Even all-natural products can cause stomach problems, Barrack said, so keep your pets in a separate room until all recently cleaned surfaces are dry.
April showers also bring puddles. Don’t let your dog drink from stagnant water sources like puddles or lakes, Barrack said. This can lead to gastrointestinal upset or more serious health concerns like Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause severe damage to the kidneys and liver.
Pets who have been cooped up all winter are suddenly more susceptible to environmental irritants, exposure to toxic chemicals and overexertion, not to mention activity-related injuries, parasitic diseases and chance encounters with critters that don’t have their best interests in mind. With a little foresight and planning, spring can be the best time of year for your pet. Go out and catch some rays, break a sweat, and give thanks for the times you share with your loved ones, both two- and four-legged!