As we head into the warmer months, now is the time to talk about spring dangers for dogs. Because as we look forward to all the wonderful things that come along with spring, we want to make sure our doggos are just as happy. Here are a few of the things that you and your local Dog Walker can look out for to keep your doggo safe and healthy this spring.
Spring Dangers for Dogs #1: Allergies
Similar to humans, dogs can become bothered by all of the pollen floating around in the air during spring. There’s also the extra exposure to grass that could cause allergies to flare up this season.
You’ll know if your dog is suffering from allergies if they have some of the following symptoms:
- Runny nose and eyes – more than usual
- Excessive scratching, chewing or licking, either in one area or all over
- Snoring – more than usual
Help your pup avoid spring allergies by bathing them regularly and keeping your house as clean as possible. Your pup’s vet might also recommend medication to help them get through this pollen-filled season.
One thing to keep in mind is that you probably shouldn’t share your antihistamines with your pup. As one Adelaide-based vet clinic points out, antihistamines are not harmful to your pet, but they’re just not as effective as you might think. Talk to your vet to get a better recommendation for allergy-fighting medication.
Spring Dangers for Dogs #2: Fleas and ticks
As temperatures rise, fleas and ticks become more active and eager to hitch a ride on your doggo. And their timing is pretty perfect, considering how many of us are excited to get out into nature with our furry friends.
Protect your pooch from these pesky parasites with flea and tick medication before you head outside.
Spring Dangers for Dogs #3: Toxic plants
Imagine spring from the perspective of your beloved furbaby. There are so many flowers to smell, grass to chew, and bushes to jump into! But, your pup may not be aware that some of those plants are toxic.
In particular, you should keep your curious pooch away from spring-flowering plants like daffodils, tulips, and azaleas, which are some of the most common spring dangers for dogs.
If you’re looking to make your garden a bit more pet-friendly, check out our article on Toxic Plants for Dogs.
Spring Danger for Dogs #4: Unsupervised doggos
There are actually two spring dangers for dogs included in this one. On the one hand, we may leave the house more often during spring because there are so many fun things happening – concerts, festivals, and other not-so-dog-friendly events. That means our fur babies have more time at home to get into things that are dangerous – perhaps like those toxic plants we just mentioned.
Of course, we don’t want to tell you never to leave your house this spring! In fact, this is a great opportunity to bring in a dedicated Pet Sitter to make sure your pup is looked after while you’re off being a weekend warrior.
And the other risk is that when we do take our dogs out, we forget to keep a watchful eye on them. If you’re in an area where leashes are optional, just make sure to keep your pup in your radar to prevent them from getting into unsafe business.
Spring Dangers for Dogs #5: Dogs in Cars
During the cooler months, it might not have been much of an issue to leave your furry friend in the car while you ran into the coffee shop. And even during spring, we might not think much of leaving our pup in the car for a few minutes.
The danger here is that we often think of heat stroke only during the height of summer when the temperatures really get up there. But heat stroke can happen during spring, too, especially in those parts of Australia with unpredictable weather patterns.
If you’re going to run errands with your doggo this spring, you might opt for pet-friendly businesses so that your pup can come in with you. They’ll be so much happier than sitting in the car. Or, if dog-friendly establishments aren’t common in your area, it’s probably best to leave your dog in your temperature-regulated home. They’ll give you sad puppy eyes, but it’s best for them to avoid a hot car.
You and your pup are ready to head into spring!
We love this time of year. It’s absolutely ideal for those perfect doggie Insta posts. You can have the best season ever by making sure your doggo is safe and happy this spring!