Spring Has Sprung – Tips for Your Dog's Safety

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FINALLY. If you are in the Northern VA, MD, DC area - up until the other day it’s felt like day 182 of January.  But now that the weather is getting better what sort of spring hazards may exist for your dog?

Chemical Care in Gardening – Many soils, fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides contain harmful chemicals that aren’t good for your four-footed friends. Make sure to find as many toxic free options as possible, if you do have to use dangerous chemicals, make sure to read pet recommendations and store away from your animals. Also supervise your pets when around them in the garden.

Be Aware of Toxic Plants – While colorful blooms are a pretty addition to any spring garden, make sure to be aware of which plants can be toxic to your dogs. Spring staples like azaleas and rhododendron can be fatal if eaten. The list of toxic plants can be long, it’s best to do your research before planting your garden, or make sure your fur babies are supervised and staying out of the flower beds.

Riding in the Car – Nothing is more fun for doggies than going for a car ride to parks, hikes, and outdoor adventures! While your pal may like the wind in his face, make sure to buckle up with doggy seat belts and harnesses for safety. Likewise allowing your dog to ride in the bed of a pickup truck, or with heads stuck out windows of moving cars can be dangerous due to flying debris, bugs, and other vehicles. Buckle up for safety.

Hazards of Home Improvement – Spring is the time we break out the paint, the cleaners, and other materials to spruce up the house. Just make sure to be aware of storage and use of such products and keep Fido out of the fray. Whenever possible look for green cleaners that are not toxic to your pets.

Buggy Beware – With spring showers, mosquitoes and other menacing pests are more prevalent. Make sure you are staying current on all of your heart-worm and flea and tick prevention. It only takes one mosquito bite from the wrong bugger to transmit heart-worm to your pet. The same goes for tick-borne diseases, and no one wants a flea infested home.

Allergy Alerts – When the seasons change it’s not just us humans that find ourselves allergic to the elements, sometimes our dogs are too. This may manifest in itchy skin, and even anaphylactic reactions to stingy bugs. If you are concerned your pet may be sneezing, sniffling, or exhibiting other possible allergy issues, make sure to make a trip to your vet. Relief can be simpler than you may think.

Now that the weather is FINALLY getting nicer, enjoy your time out and about and bring your pups with you, but make sure when you do they are safe and sound.