Springtime Health Hazards For Dogs

Guest Post by Lauretta Williams

Common Springtime Health Hazards For Dogs

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Springtime, at last! The time of backyard barbecues, gardening, sunny walks, and spring cleaning.

Unfortunately, the magnificent nature’s awakening brings not only the beautiful weather and outdoor joys but also health hazards like allergens, bugs, ticks, and toxic plants that are lying in wait for their frequent victims - our pet dogs.

To keep your pooch healthy and injury-free during spring, here are the eight most common health hazards to be aware of.

 

Flowers 

Allergies

Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to seasonal allergies. In fact, common allergens for dogs are related to spring triggers, such as pollen, dust, mold, grass, and some plants.

If you notice excessive scratching, runny eyes, skin redness, your pooch may be experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Chronic itchiness and even digestive problems such as diarrhea and bloating can also be signs of food allergies, most commonly assigned to protein in wheat, poultry, or beef.

As soon as the warm weather kicks in, look out for these symptoms to consult a vet on time.

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Pesky parasites

Springtime is party time for the disease-spreading critters like ticks and fleas, lurking in the blooming nature, ready to attack and infect.

Ticks can be detrimental to your dog’s health, as they commonly spread dangerous diseases like:

• Lyme disease,

• Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis,

• Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,

• Babesiosis,

• Bartonellosis,

• Hepatozoonosis,

and have sometimes been suspected of transmitting Leishmania in dogs.

Before heading for the long spring walking tours in nature, make sure your pet is protected from fleas and on a regular tick control program.

Avoid thick grass and bushes, and don’t forget regular grooming and bathing. If they are spotted in time, ticks can be efficiently removed before causing any irreversible harm.

 

Fat Tick 

 

Toxic Plants and Flowers

Spring provides the richness of sweet smells and interesting plants, but many of them are poisonous for animals. Watch out where you let your pooch explore and sniff, as it can easily come across common toxic flowers to dogs, like Lilies, Azaleas, and Rhododendrons.

Daffodils, for example, contain lycorine in the bulbs, which is poisonous, while Begonias can cause irritation and burning of the mouth.

The safest option is to avoid flowery meadows and gardens altogether, as well as plants you don’t recognize as safe for your pet. If, however, you notice your dog vomiting severely, or experiencing nausea and diarrhea, immediately run to the vet.

 

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Dangers in The Garden

Apart from the hazardous toxic plants, your furbaby can stumble upon dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers in your garden.

Although these products help our lawn and plants thrive, if not used and stored correctly, they can end up in our dog’s digestive system. Many pesticides contain ingredients that can poison your dog, or even be fatal for small dog breeds, depending on the amount ingested.

There’s nothing wrong with having a green thumb, just make sure to focus on creating a pet-friendly garden and keep all the dangerous chemicals out of the dog’s reach.

 

Pup in Grass 

 

Cleaning Products

It goes without saying that cleaning products and chemicals should be out of pet’s reach, but since Spring is time for massive cleaning sprees, it’s not uncommon to leave some bottles lying around, out of sight.

Dogs like to explore and can easily ingest anything they can get their paws on, so either move the dog into a separate room when cleaning or keep your cleaning products nice and stored at all times.

Products based on ammonia, bleach, or chlorine can be very poisonous to dogs and induce severe stomach problems. Also, consider opting for more eco-friendly, non-toxic items that are less likely to cause any harm to animals.

 

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Open Windows and The Lurking Dangers

Pets that are mostly kept indoors may find it tempting to nose at windowpanes once the weather is nice enough to keep them wide open.

To prevent a possibly fatal fall, install secure screens on your windows. Moreover, first-floor windows are a perfect opportunity for a safe escape; therefore, it’s a good idea to get an ID tag for your dog, just in case.

 

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The Dangerous Sun

After a few long winter months and being locked indoors, it’s easy to underestimate the dangers of direct sunlight on a hot spring day.

The potential of getting a heat stroke is real, especially if your pooch enjoys snoozing by the window, or playing outside for too long.

When going on long walks, bring plenty of freshwater for your pet, and make occasional stops in the shade.

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The Tempting Wilderness

Adventurous dog parents can’t wait to take advantage of the clear sky and Spring warm weather in the remote natural areas. However, these wilderness ventures may be an opportunity for your dog to wander off and get lost easily.

Not to mention the animals such as foxes, coyotes, venomous snakes, hawks, and even bugs that can harm the dog or worse, fatally injure it. When exploring unfamiliar areas, always keep your dog on a leash or a harness and never leave them unmonitored for a long time.

 

Dog with view

 

As a responsible owner, any dog parent needs to bear in mind possible dangers for their pets.

To avoid rushing to the emergency clinic, apply these safety precautions, and keep your dog safe and sound this Spring.

   

 Puppies in a row

 

  Guest Post by Lauretta Williams

 

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