Spring Safety for Your Pup

Pet Health and Safety  •   Maggie Dean  •   Feb 24, 2017

After a long winter cooped up indoors, you are most likely ready to take full advantage of the spring weather with your pets in tow! However, springtime could be full of hidden dangers for your pet if you don’t know where to look. Keep some of these extra precautions in mind as the temperatures increase and the days grow longer. 

Puddles are for splashing – not drinking! You never know what is lurking beneath the surface; drinking from stagnant water sources can introduce harmful parasites and bacteria to your canine’s digestive track. Make sure your pup has access to plenty of fresh, clean water when playing outside.

Pass on grass snacks. Consuming grass with fertilizer or pesticides can flood your dog’s system with harmful chemicals and toxins. During these early gardening months, look for lawn treatments that are free from harmful chemicals and safe for pets. It is best to keep a close eye on your pup when you let him out in the yard to play. Don’t forget to rinse any paws or fur that may contact these substances, as your dog may ingest them when licking himself clean.

Creepy critters can cause chaos. Everyone’s least favorite part about the warmer months are the creepy crawlies that come out to play. Snakes, spiders, mosquitoes, bees, and black flies bother dogs nonstop. Fleas and ticks are by far the biggest issue pet owners regularly encounter during the spring and with Wellness protection, you can save on flea and tick treatments this spring!

Spraying for bugs and ticks can make pets sick! If the bugs are bugging you, they are likely bugging your dog too. Bug sprays and insecticides can cause very serious, and even fatal side effects, if ingested. When treating your home for pests, keep your pets in a separate area until the chemicals are dry or it is safe for reentry. Also, store your insecticides in a tall cabinet, well out of your dog’s reach. 

Poisonous plants look pretty tasty to pets. Blooming flowers are some of our favorite parts of spring! It turns out, your pet might also think the blossoms look appealing. Common flowers like tulips, oleander, azaleas, chrysanthemums, and daffodils can be toxic when ingested. Look at your garden to check for these hidden hazards before letting your pooch loose!

Don’t let these preventable hazards put a damper on your spring fun. Simply take some extra precautions and enjoy a fun, safe, vet-free spring and summer!

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