Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get excited for days at the park, long sunny walks, trips to the beach and the lake and more outdoor play time! But in the midst of all the fun, we shouldn’t forget that each new season presents a set of different challenges for your pet, no matter the species.
Here are five of the top dangers your pet could face as the spring rolls around.
Just like humans need to warm up and stretch out their muscles before rigorous exercise, your pets need a little warm up into spring. After a winter of staying indoors and enduring freezing temperatures when outside, your pet’s muscles may have lost tone. Ease your pet back into activity slowly: don’t start with a run, start with a walk.
Try to keep your pet interested in their toys and ropes. Dogs especially will be so excited to get outdoors that they might try to pick up sticks and branches. While not every fallen branch will hurt them, they’re more likely to get mouth splinters if they’re always snacking on sticks. Just be wary of this danger.
Pets have allergies, too! When spring kicks up dust, mold and pollen, your pet might start sneezing and wheezing. Make sure to pay attention to your pet looking extra itchy or uncomfortable during this time of year. Bugs are also an issue: make sure medications and vaccines that your pet needs are all up to date. Also, check their fur for fleas and ticks after walks.
Many plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. Be sure that you research any plant you bring into your garden, especially in the spring when blooms will be everywhere. Make sure you’re planting plants that are safe for your pet to be around.
Always have extra water on hand when you go out in the hot sun. Sometimes your pet will be so excited to play that they won’t realize they’re overheating until it’s too late. This is a time when it’s especially important to not leave your pet alone in the car. Don’t even do it for a few minutes – if you have to run errands, leave your pet at home where it’s cool, or shop at pet-friendly places.
Keep these dangers in mind as we head into this beautiful season so that you and your pet can have the best spring ever!