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Although there are a number of preparations to make for your dog for summer, there’s equal, if not more for springtime. Making that transition into warmer weather requires certain adjustments for all family members- including the furry ones! Dealing with these changing spring conditions requires patience and flexibility. Both humans and dogs may have felt the strong effects of “cabin fever” after this winter, which is why outdoor activities and playtime is so important.
However, being outdoors during the spring makes your dog vulnerable to specific safety hazards and a host of other issues. Fortunately, dog owners can protect their pups from these safety issues with proper guidance, information and care. Read on for the need-to-know five spring safety tips all dog owners should know.
Springtime Safety Tips For Pups
1) Consider Allergens
Allergies are a nuisance for many humans, but they can also irritate some dogs as well. Dogs can easily develop allergies from simple outdoor activities such as walks or just playing in the grass. Dog allergies are actually one of the top reasons for trips to the veterinarian. While humans may outgrow the common allergy, allergies for dogs tend to intensify as they age. Some of the most common dog allergies include the following:
Flea Allergies: A dog’s allergy to fleas is one of the most common skin diseases seen. A bite from a single flea weekly is enough to irritate the skin of a dog. It is believed that the flea’s saliva is the source of the allergen which causes a dog to itch.
Seasonal/Environmental Allergies: These types of allergies are also known as atopy and are caused by certain substances commonly found in the home or yard. The allergies can be inhaled and absorbed through the dog’s skin when the dog comes into contact with them. The common triggers include pollen, animal fibers, dust mites or plants.
- Food Allergies: This type of allergy can be an adverse reaction to a type of dog food or human food that is consumed by the dog. Dogs develop an allergy to certain foods throughout their life, regardless of the brand type. A protein source in the diet is often the most common food allergy such as grains.
You can take your furry friend to the vet if you fear they may have allergies. In the meantime, look out for signs including itchy skin, scratching, fur loss and face rubbing. Wash your dog regularly with allergen-removing shampoos to keep them irritant-free.
2) Swimming Safely
As the weather heats up, both you and your pet will likely look forward to jumping in any nearby body of water. It’s no secret that dogs love to swim and it also happens to be one of their favourite forms of exercise. However, not all dogs naturally know how to swim and owners shouldn’t assume that they can. Swimming safety tips for dogs helps you keep them safe and you worry free. If you’re just starting to teach your dog how to swim, make sure to take it slow to avoid overwhelming them. Your pup may require some convincing to jump in the water or be encouraged to follow you into it.
Once your dog is inside the water, praise them for that first step! That encourages them to become more comfortable with the water and explore it at their own pace. Dogs that are learning how to swim should have a life vest to keep them safe. Even experienced dogs can do well with a life vest to combat the heavy currents.
3) Safe Driving With Dogs
If you drive a vehicle, you can understand how exciting it may be to take your best furry friend on drives with you! Some dogs naturally jump into the car with excitement, whereas others are more anxious and require more convincing to get inside. Even a five-minute drive can be risky to a dog if they are not safely placed in the vehicle. Safe driving with dogs starts with keeping your pup safely restrained. Many dog owners do not realize the importance of this and allow their pet to move freely about the car. However, this is dangerous as dogs are easily distracting and can steer your attention away from the road. This can lead to an accident or can put your dog at risk of being thrown out of the vehicle if they’re unrestrained.
Another key aspect of driving safely with dogs is to avoid leaving them in the car alone. Especially on any semi-warm, warm or hot days. This can lead to heatstroke in dogs or at the very least cause them to become anxious, uncomfortable and be at risk of escaping or being stolen. Even on cooler days, it’s best to avoid leaving your precious pup alone in your vehicle.
4) Check On Garden Plants
Spring is a wonderful season for growing flowers and plants in your front or back yard. As beautiful as these plants make your curb appeal appear, they can also act present as a danger for pets. There are some poisonous plants that can actually make your dog very sick or even lead to death. Some poisonous plants to keep your best friend away from include aloe, amaryllis, azaleas, daffodils and daisies. You can do further research on other poisonous plants and how to keep your pup away from them. In addition, fertilizers, pesticides and other gardening equipment should be kept away from dogs for their protection.
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