The Dangers of Spring

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Spring has finally arrived here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. There are wonderful new stinks as the earth wakes up from the long winter. But there can also be some dangers out there too.  Before you head out let’s have a look at some potential issues.

First, if your good dog hasn’t been active over the winter, it will take some time to get back into shape. You might want to take play time slower at first.

Once your out on the trails, there may be things that have been buried in the snow that aren’t ideal to touch or eat. Garbage, rotting twigs or food wrappers should all be avoided. Puddles of melted snow should not be drank because they might have toxins like road salt or even parasites. Also, stay off ponds or lakes. The ice may look solid but why chance disaster? The melt off can also cause flooding & fast moving waters.

Your good dog can get allergies from pollen just like you. A vet recommended, over the counter antihistamine or a natural antihistamine ( I’ll write about those soon) can be helpful while the flowers are blooming. Speaking of flowers, lilies, azaleas, sago palms & rhododendrons are very toxic to dogs. You might want to avoid planting them were a dog could accidentally munch on them.

Remember that your good dog will need time to acclimatize to the warmer weather. It’s a no brainer that fresh water & shade should always be provided. Heat stroke can come on quickly.

With spring comes fleas & ticks. Your good dog should take flea & tick preventative. You should also always check your good dog for ticks after a romp outside. Should you find a tick it will be easier to remove if it hasn’t burrowed in yet. Put it in a jar or pill bottle & dispose of it.

Finally, if you live rural like me, there are lots of critters waking up from a long winter. Skunks, porcupines or raccoons don’t make for good play mates. Always supervise your dog & keep it on leash unless you’re at the dog park.

Have a safe, wooftastic time out there.

CEO Olivia