Spring time hazards for dogs
Have you noticed that around spring time your dog starts acting up or is getting unwell? Well, the cause could actually be spring! Here are 4 spring-time hazards that you may not know about but could be affecting your dog's behaviour, happiness and health.
If you have any concerns from this article, you should consult your vet and speak to them about your dog’s health and wellbeing.
Just like humans, dogs may start to feel the impacts of the extra pollen in the spring. Symptoms of a pollen allergy may be scratching, gnawing or rubbing their skin. This can affect any part of their body and you may notice hives, red patches or, in some circumstances, hair loss.
If you think your dog may be suffering from a pollen allergy, you should consult your vet for the best treatment options. Options include wipes, shampoos and special brushes.
If you are curious about which plants are hazardous to dogs in springtime, we have an article here.
If your dog seems to be acting a little odd, perhaps they are a bit restless or agitated, the weather can be to blame. After a long, cold winter your dog may be itching to get outside and explore all the new scents and sounds. Their heightened sense of smell means they can smell the change in weather and just like humans, different weather will inspire different moods. Springtime is also considered mating season so your dog may be feeling restless due to this. Some dogs will be the opposite and will take their time adjusting to more exercise in the springtime. Each and every dog is different after all!
Spring cleaning chemicals
When the weather gets warm you might feel inspired to clear away the debris of a winter spent mostly indoors with your beloved pooch. However, before you dive into their toy box with the spray, you might need to stop to consider the ingredients first. A lot of the most used ingredients such as ammonia and chlorine are toxic to dogs.
There are plenty of alternative options including vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, as well as pet friendly cleaning sprays. You may also want to shut your pet in a different room while you clean, just to ensure their safety.
As much as your dog may love lazing in the sun all afternoon, UV rays are just as dangerous to dogs as they are to humans. Even through a window, these harmful rays can lead to skin cancer, especially in short-haired and white dogs.
Make sure to limit their time in the sun and ensure they have plenty of time to cool off in the shade. As the weather gets warm, make sure they always have access to fresh water and a patch of shade.
They may be reluctant to move and we know they look so cute sleeping in the sun, but it is for the best!
We hope you have a fabulous spring and enjoy lots of quality time with your pooch!