Spring is well underway. And there’s probably no one more excited about being able to run around and stretch their legs than your dog.
But like with anything, the season poses some hazards for your pet. You might be able to detect some of these dangers right away. Others…not so much.
So, in order to help you keep your dog protected, The Barking Lot lists a few of things to be on the lookout for when your pooch is out and about this spring.
Secure All Windows and Doors
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes doors and windows are accidently left open and it only takes a determined pet a few seconds to escape through the open space. This also includes ripped or torn screens as well. Be sure to repair and replace these things now, so that you and your pet can enjoy a worry-free summer later.
Prevent Muddy Floors
Speaking of coming and going, springtime showers can leave things a little dirty. And sometimes pets have the tendency to track mud in on carpets and floors.
Keep the hair around your pet’s paws trimmed down as much and as frequently as possible. This prevents mud and dirt from building up around his feet. A professional dog boarding facility can help with this.
This is probably one of the most common problems for both dogs and their owners alike with the change in weather. So, in case you’re not sure whether or not your pet has allergies, here are a few basic signs to help.
Itchy, red or moist skin
If you notice your dog has any combination of the above symptoms, contact your vet. He or she will usually want to do a full work up on your pet including conducting a complete history and physical exam, a blood or skin test and an elimination diet to rule out what may not be causing the reaction.
A green, well-kept lawn can be appealing to anyone. Even your dog. That’s why it’s important to keep your pet away from grass that’s recently been sprayed with fertilizer, weed killer or other hazardous chemicals. Some experts suggest waiting at least a day before letting Fido loose in the yard.
Another common danger that your pet may face is the growth of plants toxic to his health. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between flowers and plants that are safe and the ones that aren’t. Fortunately, the ASPCA offers a comprehensive list of poisonous plants on its website.
Be Sure Your Pet Has ID
The more time your pet spends outdoors, the greater the chances are of him getting lost. So, it’s always a good idea to have an ID tag with your name, your pet’s name and a phone number where you can be reached if there’s ever an emergency.