Now that spring is here there are many things you may be thinking about. Chances are you are planning all the new fun things you will do with your dog this spring and may even get started on your spring cleaning. When thinking about all of this it is important that you are aware of these spring dog hazards that can pose a serious issue to your pet.
OK so this may not be completely one of the spring dog hazards, it is at least an annoyance that can become a hazard if your dog chews at themselves enough to cause damage such as sores. A common culprit in the spring is ragweed just as it is for people. If you notice the signs of allergies, call your vet to find out how you should treat this in your pet.
Beware of Sticks
Most pet parents think that sticks are no problem for their dog to munch on and in some cases this is true. However, sticks do have the potential to splinter which can be swallowed or poke their throat and mouth. This can cause many problems for your pet so instead make sure they have frisbees and other toys to play with instead.
Know the Plants You Have
Many dogs like to walk up to a plant and start eating the blossoms or the leafs. This is not bad all the time but the truth is that there are many plants out there that can be toxic to dogs. You can find the full list so make sure you know what your plants are and what the most common toxic plants are in your area so you can keep your dog away from them on walks.
Check Cleaning Labels
As you start your spring cleaning you will use a variety of different cleaners in your home. You should check the labels to find out which of these are pet safe and which are not. Even if you continue to use the ones that are not pet safe at least you will know they are not and can use and store them appropriately.
Be Mindful of Dog Park Bullying
Finally, it is important to remember that as you start going to the dog park that bullying is a real thing. It does not always present as a dog that attacks but rather a dog that tries to round other dogs up to do what they want or herd them. If you notice this in other dogs or even in your own then it is best to leave the park. If you notice this in your dog then the best thing you can do is talk with a trainer so you can work on the issue.