Spring is in full bloom! And while the increased outdoor time for both you and your furry friend is a wonderful feeling, there are a few things to look out for in order to keep your dog safe this spring season. Continue reading to learn more about the precautions one should take when fertilizing their lawn along with other simple safety tips as the warmer months roll in!
While fertilizer can give you the greenest grass on the block, it can unfortunately be poisonous and potentially fatal to pets at the same time. It is important to keep your dog off of the grass and away from any areas for at least 24 hours after they were treated. Organic fertilizer tends to have a captivating scent that may draw your dog into making a meal out of it, so be cautious of this option as well! Another way to keep your furry friend safe is to opt for the pet-safe fertilizer. Click here to read Pennington’s 10 fertilizer safety tips that you can use to protect both your pet and your family!
Even though the majority of pet owners realize the potential danger of certain plants, there are still some pet-safe blossoms that can be hazardous to your dog! Bone meal is often used as a fertilizer when planting bulbs and if your dog gets into both the bulb and the bone meal, this can make for an extremely sick dog. One tip to avoid this worry is to dilute your plant fertilizer with plenty of dirt or water.
As April showers bring May flowers, it also brings an onslaught of bugs! It’s important to keep your dog on year-round heartworm preventive medication in addition to a flea and tick control program. Talk to your veterinarian about a plan designed specifically for your dog and visit ASPCA’s Fleas and Ticks page to learn more!
With spring cleaning comes the use of household cleaning products, which could introduce various toxins into your home. Products such as soaps, bleach, polishes, and cleaners could irritate your dog’s skin and damage their gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, the supplies you use to clean may also become an issue when ingested by your curious furry friend. To avoid these potential hazards, choose pet-safe cleaning supplies and find an out of reach spot to store your unsafe chemicals.
As the temperature outside increases day by day and you begin to open your windows, your dog will be just as eager to feel the sunshine and warmth after the long winter months. With this being said, it is important to make sure that your dog isn’t at risk of either sneaking out or falling out of the windows. A simple fix would be to install sturdy screens with a tight fit and be sure to supervise your pets around any open windows.
It’s difficult to keep up with the walks and exercise when it’s cold out but this coziness can lead to extra winter weight on your dog. Dogs that are overweight have a higher chance of developing serious conditions such as diabetes, respiratory/heart diseases, and joint problems. Be sure to check in with your veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has gained some weight and they can help you create a weight loss plan for your furry friend!