This spring, make sure you take good care of your dog by keeping your pet away from the hazards that springtime can present. Each season has unique challenges, and sticks, plants, cleaning products, sweets, and ticks being some of the unique challenges of spring. Read on to learn more.
1. Avoid Playing with Sticks
In the springtime, sticks can be found in abundance outside. Lots of trees lose sticks and branches during the winter, making it easy to find a stick almost every time you go outside.
Do not use these sticks to play with your dog. Sticks can damage your dog's mouth and throat. If part of the stick gets lodged in your dog's mouth, then it can make them choke.
Splinters from sticks often get stuck in your dog's mouth, cutting the inside of their mouth. Splinters can also tear your dog's esophagus, making it hard for your dog to breath. If the splinter makes its way to your dog's digestive tract, then it can still cause problems. Splinters can obstruct and irritate your dog's stomach and bowels and even led to an obstruction.
Sticks from certain trees can even be toxic to your dog. Keep your dog far away from red maples, yew maples, black cherry, and black walnut trees as all four of these trees have toxic elements for your dog if ingested.
Instead, when you go outside in the spring to play catch or fetch with your dog, bring along a Frisbee, a tennis ball, or just about any other appropriate toy you have for your dog. Sticks may be easy to find, but they are not good for your dog.
2. Be Careful With Plants
Next, try to keep your dog away from plants other than grass. Dogs like to eat grass and other plants as it calms their stomach. However, many plants can cause your dog stomach issues if digested.
These include native plants. Become familiar with plants that could harm your dog and keep your dog away from these plants.
Some common plants that can be harmful to your dog include the African daisy, acorn squash, aloe, California ivy, and sage.
3. Keep Cleaning Products Away from Your Pets
Spring is associated with cleaning as much as it is flowers. Keep your dog away from all of the cleaning products that you use this spring. When you clean, put your dog outside or in another room to reduce their exposure to your cleaning products. Before you use a cleaning product, check the label and make sure that it is safe to use around your pet. If you can, use natural cleaning products instead of chemical-based cleaning products to get your house back in shape.
4. Protect Your Dog From Ticks and Fleas
Next, make sure that you protect your pet against ticks and fleas. Take your pet to the veterinarian to get their booster shot against Lyme disease.
Get your dog on medication that protects them from ticks and fleas. Check your dog's body on a daily basis for ticks, and remove any you find promptly.
5. Watch the Sugar
Holidays in the spring, such as Easter, can create an abundance of chocolate and sugar around your home. Chocolate, as well as artificial sweeteners, are not good for your dog. Make sure that you keep your sweets and treats stored somewhere where your dog can't get to them.
Spring can be a fun time to play outside with your dog. Just make sure that you also protect your dog from the unique challenges of spring, such as an abundance of sticks, cleaning products, dangerous plants, sugar, as well as ticks and fleas.
If your dog swallows a stick or eats something dangerous, then please bring them to Central Veterinary Hospital, where we will be happy to treat your pet and get them healthy again.