The sun is starting to shine, the evenings are getting lighter and bulbs are springing up in every garden; it’s Spring! Whilst Spring is for many a favourite time of year, it does pose some danger to your pets and therefore it’s important to be clued up on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to your furry friends this season.
1. Easter Treats: Don’t forget that whilst Easter is a time of sweet indulgence for us humans, chocolate is poisonous to most animals and may prove fatal when given to dogs. In addition, hot-cross buns contain raisins which can also cause illness for dogs. You can buy choccy treats specifically for dogs, cats and even rodents so stock up on these rather than sharing yours. In addition, watch out for other ‘human foods’ present at parties and BBQs which are tempting to give but not at all good for your pet. If you are having a BBQ, make sure your pet is kept safely away from the hot stove and knives, bones and skewers.
2. Lilies, daffodils, spring bulbs and azaleas are all part of what makes Spring so beautiful, however many of these plants and flowers are poisonous to our pets. In addition to this, make sure you are using pet-friendly slug pellets and pest repellents, as the conventional kind contain chemicals which can be very dangerous and ultimately lethal.
3. As the weather gets warmer, bugs and creepy crawlies emerge from their winter slumber and some of these species can be harmful to dogs, cats and other pets. Protect them by making sure they are up to date with their vaccinations, flea and tick medications as this is the time of year when they are becoming prevalent. Cats and dogs can get stung easily when chasing and playing with bees and wasps.
4. Allergies. Just like us, our pets can suffer allergic reactions to plants, pollen and grasses; watch out for itchy skin, ear problems, runny noses and eyes akin to hayfever symptoms in humans.
5. Grooming: Remember to groom your pet regularly to help identify any allergies, spot fleas and ticks and prevent skin irritation in the warmer weather.
6. Getting Outdoors: As always, never leave your pet in a hot car, let dogs off the lead only in a safe environment, and take care not to make walks too long due to the risk of exhaustion and heatstroke and please scoop the poop.