7 springtime safety tips for dog owners

7 Springtime Safety Tips For Dog Owners

We would like to share with you these useful tips we have found in Vets Now website:

1.- Spring plants and flowers

“Watch out for poisonous plants. Species common at this time of year include lilies, daffodils, spring bulbs and azaleas.  If you notice any signs of poisoning such as excessive salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, appearing ‘drunk’ or even collapsing – then contact your vet immediately.”

2.- The garden

“Make sure that your garden is safe for your dog and be careful if you need to use any pellets, pesticides or other chemicals.”

3.- Wasp and bee stings

“Most cases of wasp or bee stings are not emergencies.  With a bee sting, check and remove the sting if it is still in place, then bathe the area in bicarbonate of soda (one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to 300ml warm water). With wasp stings bathe the area with malt vinegar or lemon juice.”

“If your dog is stung in or near the mouth or neck then you may need to seek veterinary help. Dogs, like humans, can be allergic or become allergic to stings. Signs include swellings, distress and breathing difficulties.” 

4.- Bugs

7 Springtime Safety Tips For Dog Owners

“Make sure your dog is up to date with his vaccinations, flea and tick medications as this is the time of year fleas and ticks start to increase in number.”  

5.- Allergies

“Dogs and cats can develop allergies to plants, pollens, grasses, and many other substances in springtime. Allergies in pets normally appear as itchy skin and ear problems, accompanied by hair loss or inflamed skin. Some pets will even change their behaviour due to irritation.  Some will suffer respiratory symptoms or runny eyes.”

6.- Parties

“If you are having a barbeque, make sure your dog is kept at a safe distance from the hot barbecue and remember that party food is not for pets – make sure you keep food and drink out of paw’s reach.”

7.- Exercise

“Ensure your dog is well trained (especially the recall and wait/stop command), under control and within your sight at all times.  Even the best trained dog can be spooked and run off, so ensure your dog is wearing a collar, ID tag and ideally is microchipped.”

7 Springtime Safety Tips For Dog Owners

“Be careful not to overdo it.  Increase the length of your walks gradually to build up your pet’s fitness.  Be aware of the temperature and do not walk your dog in the heat of the day.  Ensure your pet has access to shade and plenty of fresh clean water.”

We recommend you to read the whole article at this link.

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