Now that a cold and long winter is behind us, we're sure that you're ready to get outside with your dog! As you gear up to enjoy the warm Spring air, it's also important not to overlook these hazards of the season.
Ticks and Tick-borne Disease
Ticks can spread a number of different diseases that can affect not only pets but people, too. These can include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesiosis.
The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Owner Aine Corridon tells us everything we need to know about ticks in a previous post.
Antifreeze may be dangerous to pets because most types have a sweet smell and taste which causes dogs to dive right in and lap it up. Since this happens, antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in pets.
There are "pet-safer" types of antifreeze that are not as attractive to pets which can be found in certain stores.
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes which primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also impact the liver, kidneys, eyes, and central nervous system. If this is left untreated, it can cause death.
Fortunately, effective preventatives are available.
Fertilizers and Mulch
According to the PetPoisonHelpline, most fertilizers contain a wide assortment of potentially toxic substances including iron and nitrogen. Some fertilizers may also have pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. These chemicals won't poison your pet, but large amounts of fertilizer can cause gastrointestinal or pancreatic problems.
Just like us people, dogs can have allergic reaction to bee stings, especially if stung by more than one. Be sure to talk to someone from our team about how you can keep your pup safe from bee stings, and what to do if your dog is stung.
Did you know what there are 20 species of venomous snakes in the U.S.? It's important to know where you can find venomous snakes.
Venomous snakes bite around 150,000 dogs and cats in the United States each year. Do you know what you can you do to protect your pets?
If you have questions or want to talk more about preventative measures, be sure to contact someone on our team!
Owner Aine Corridon tells us some more tips to consider: