Spring Safety Tips for Your Dog
It’s that time of year when the weather starts getting warmer and the snow is melting, uncovering months of forgotten memories like grass, dog toys, the leaves that you did not rake up last Autumn…It’s also a time for us as dog lovers to start being a little more vigilant. Thanks in part to our friends at the ASPCA, I have compiled a simple list of spring safety topics use this season as we focus on keeping your furry pal safe this Spring.
1. Spring Cleaning – One of the only times of the year that we enjoy cleaning our homes is upon us. We can open up the windows and doors and finally allow the house to be filled with wonderfully smelling fresh air. But with the use of household cleaners comes the potential for accidental chemical exposure to your dog. Be sure to read and understand the label and follow all directions for proper use and storage.
2. Secure Screens – With windows and doors open again, be sure to check all of your screened in openings. Repair or replace any damaged screens and be sure they are tightly secured to help avoid accidental falls or escape.
3. Easter Lilies and Candy -Both lilies and chocolate can be fatal to your dog if swallowed. Be sure to keep these items well out of reach.
4. Grow Garden Grow! – I can not wait to start fertilizing and beautifying my lawn, but beware! Many, if not most of the fertilizers and pesticides that we use to make our lawns look perfect are not pet friendly. As with your household chemicals, store these items out of reach of your pets and be sure to follow all directions for use. Note that some fertilizers require that both you AND your dog stay off of the lawn for up to 24 hours post application.
5. Plants That Bite Back – Time to let your garden grow! But beware, many popular springtime plants—including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas—are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. Check out the ASPCA’s full list—and pics!—of toxic and non-toxic plants for your home and garden.
6. BUGS! – It’s time to make sure that your dog is protected from fleas and ticks. Start planning your seasonal control program now. Check out this nifty Dog Flea & Tick Control Comparison Chart to help you decide what options may work best for you.
Of course, warmer weather also means that your dog will be outside much more often. Take the proper precautions to help avoid having a wandering or lost pup. Get your dog microchipped or at least be sure that the dog tag has a home address and phone number.
I hope that this list of spring safety topics helps. Be safe, have fun, enjoy the warm season and Go Fetch Happy!™