Dog Safety Tips for Spring

Spring is just around the corner. Follow these spring dog safety tips to make sure you and your pooch enjoy the season to its fullest. Test annually for heartworm infection. Heartworm is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be fatal. Fortunately, there are a number of options for preventing heartworm infection. Talk to your veterinarian about the right one for your dog. Watch for poisonous plants.

Spring is just around the corner. Follow these spring dog safety tips to make sure you and your pooch enjoy the season to its fullest.

Test annually for heartworm infection.

Heartworm is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be fatal. Fortunately, there are a number of options for preventing heartworm infection. Talk to your veterinarian about the right one for your dog.

Watch for poisonous plants.

Curious dogs might see those fragrant spring blooms as a tasty snack, but dogs can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. If you’re not sure what plants are poisonous, ask your vet for a list of poisonous plants you'll want to avoid having in your garden.

Avoid lawn hazards.

Don’t let your dog walk on a lawn that has been treated with fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides until these potentially dangerous treatments have completely dried.

Prevent and treat your dog for fleas and ticks.

There are a number of flea and tick prevention options available today. Ask your veterinarian for the options that are best for you and your dog.

Reinforce Training

Now that the days are longer and the temperature is warmer, it’s time to refresh your training skills and build upon your relationship with your dog. Over the winter, your dog may have forgotten his manners when walking on leash. Start out slowly and re-establish the proper leash rules for you and your dog.

Dogs can have allergies too.

When a dog has allergies, he will typically develop itchy skin and will persistently scratch, lick or bite to get relief. If you think that he may be suffering from seasonal allergies, visit your veterinarian for recommended allergy treatments.