The rains are passing and spring is in the air! As the weather begins to warm up and outdoor activities begin to increase, it’s time to grab your pup and head outside – and don’t forget to brush up on springtime safety tips for your pet! Whether playing an epic game of fetch or taking your dog on a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, there are many opportunities for fun but there’s also opportunity for harm. Check out our tips below that will help you and your pup have a safe and fun-tastic spring!
Have a Hoppy Easter and Lookout For Hazards
Easter is a wonderful time to enjoy friends, family, and fur-babies, but it’s also important to keep safety hazards on your radar. Food is always an integral part of any holiday, and Easter presents its own challenges. Chocolate bunnies and candy are toxic to dogs and should be kept out of their reach. Little Easter nic-naks and toys can look like a chew toy to pups, but can often pose choking hazards so keep those out of reach as well.
When The Wind Blows….
Spring has sprung and so have seasonal breezes! When the winds are nice and you’re tempted to open a window, be sure the screen is intact. When open windows lack a screen it presents several dangers. Firstly, your pet can be enjoying a whiff of the great outdoors when they lose their balance and fall – not something pet owners want to risk. If the screen is ripped adventurous dogs may try to nose their way through and harm themselves in the process so make sure your screen is good to go!
Flowers in Bloom
Blooming gardens are a wonderful part of spring weather, and while they’re beautiful they can sometimes be toxic. Azaleas and rhododendrons are very toxic, so avoid planting these and find more hazardous flowers here. Flowers also welcome bees and other insects with an affinity for stinging, so keep an eye out if your pet is scratching excessively or limping – it may be a sting! Fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides keep gardens and lawns clean but are highly dangerous when ingested, so always check labels before use.
There’s no greater joy than being outdoors with your pet. Running through a park or taking a hike with Fido is a great way to spend time together while enjoying nature. No matter how well trained your pet is, there’s always a chance that they may chase after something or make a break for wider spaces. Make sure your pet has an identification collar and is microchipped and you’re free to enjoy the outdoors knowing your pup is covered!
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