With Halloween coming up on the 31st of October make sure you don’t leave Halloween chocolate out for your pooch to sneak into. Chocolate is, of course, toxic to dogs so if you notice restlessness, panting, increased urination, muscle spasms vomiting and/or diarrhoea take your dog to the vet immediately.
If you are doing some spring cleaning around your home, make sure you keep those chemicals away from your furry friends. Commercial cleaning products contain chemicals which are harmful to your pet. Better yet, look in your supermarket for some organic, eco-friendly alternatives or even make some of your own at home.
Make sure your dog is up to date with their flea, tick, worming and heartworm treatment. As the warmer months approach these nasty parasites start breeding faster so it is crucial that your pooch is up to date. I recommend an all in one tablet or chew treatment such as Advantage, Comfortis, Advocate or Frontline. Make sure you administer it on time and as indicated.
Be careful when applying insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers to your garden in spring. Many of these products are hazardous to your pet so consider using a natural pet-safe alternative instead. Make sure you safely store the products away from any prying pooch.
Lillies can be deadly if eaten by your pet so if you have a curious dog make sure you keep these plants out of your garden. Other hazardous and potentially even fatal plants include; Marijuana, Sago Palms, Tulips, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Oleander’s, Castor bean plant’s, Cyclamen, Coriander, Yew, Amaryllis, Autumn Crocus, English Ivy, Pothos plants, Peace Lilies and Schefflera.
Dogs can be susceptible to spring allergies just like us humans with all the increased seeds and pollen in the air. Seasonal allergies in pets usually show up in the form of red, itchy, irritated skin and/or ears, eyes, paws, mouth and bum. Look out for inflamed skin and excessive itching. To help your pet with these issues implement frequent baths with a sensitive skin shampoo (Poochi Grooming can help you here!) Do regular vacuuming of the house and wash pet beds and blankets regularly. If in doubt see your vet.
Be aware of extra burrs and stickers from plants in spring that can get caught in your dog’s coat. You can remove them by gently teasing them out with your fingers. If you are having troubles visit your groomer ASAP. Make sure you check your dog’s paws often as burrs can get stuck between the paw pads, which is very uncomfortable for your pooch. See your groomer regularly in spring and summer to keep your dog’s hair short and burr free.
Take care this spring and enjoy the warmer spring months with your pooch friend. Get out into your local park and have some fun!
After the big run around, bring them to Poochi Grooming for a clean up and some pampering.