Spring is in the air! …Well, almost! Winter is nearing its end, and while some of us may be breathing a sigh of relief and welcoming the warm weather, others might not be so keen to say goodbye to the fluffy white snow, and cold breezes. And by “others,” I am specifically referring to my 3 Siberian Huskies!
The Spring season is warm, beautiful, and seems to just bring your surroundings to life. But with all this beauty are some hidden dangers. Some of which can be extremely harmful to your pets. Today, I will share 10 common (and some not so common) spring dangers to your pet.
- Allergies. It’s not just us humans that can get seasonal allergies. Pets can too! Pay close attention to changes in your pet, such as: itching, fur loss, frequent “chewing” around their back end, or itching of the ears. These could all be signs of allergies in your pet.
- Fleas, ticks and other internal and external parasites. These critters are not just annoying for your pet, but can cause harm to a high extent as well.
- Be aware of what products you use for your lawn and/or garden. There are a lot of lawn treatment and garden products that can be toxic to animals. And it’s not just your animals you should be concerned about. Wildlife that may pass by could also be affected by toxic products you use outside as well.
- Warm weather tends to bring more people out and about. And more people means more dogs. And more dogs means more potential to catch a disease. There are contagious illnesses/diseases your pets can pick up from each other, so always be aware. Did you know your pet can even get sick from sniffing another pet’s stool? And let’s face it, there are far too many people who do not “scoop that poop” so be aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye on what your pet might be sniffing!
- Mosquitoes – heart-worm…. preventatives! Nuff said!!!
- Bee stings! These are not just painful, but some dogs and cats are allergic to bee stings, just like us! The worst part is, we don’t know it until they get stung! So, if your pet does get stung by a bee, keep a close eye for swelling and other symptoms you might notice that could be a sign of an allergy.
- Ice… or lack thereof. This is a concern at the beginning of spring. The lakes, and ponds are thawing, so always be sure not to let you pet outside without a leash if there are any lakes/ponds nearby that he could want to go play on. Dogs especially LOVE pawing and pouncing on the breaking ice, but this can be incredibly danger in deeper water.
- If you are anything like me, you can’t wait to open up those windows and let the fresh spring air come through your home. But… this can also be a danger. Check the screens on your windows each year before you open them. Check for any loose spots, holes, or anything your pet might be able to paw through.
- Spring cleaning. Always a good idea right? Just make sure you know what cleaning products you are using! Pets constantly lick their paws, so if they have just walked over a freshly mopped floor….. well, you know.
- Lost pets! These numbers always spike once the warmer weather hits. This is why it is incredibly to microchip your pets. Just in case.
Spring is an amazing season. Full of things to do, places to go, and people to see. By always being aware of your surroundings, and where and what your pet is doing, sniffing, eating etc… you can make this spring fun for you and your furry family too!
Do you have anything to add to this list? Share with us in the comments!
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired everyday by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.