Spring Health Hazards

  |   Dog Advice, Dog health

Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer weather, there are a few things you need to look out for in regards to your furry friend.

 

Spring Cleaning:
A lot of household and outdoor cleaning products can be hazardous to your pets if ingested or inhaled. Keep cleaning products out of reach and try to use natural products where possible. At Doggie Playland, we use vinegar and essential oils along with a biodegradable disinfectant which is a great, safe alternative for both dogs and humans.

 

Outdoor and Indoor Plants:
With spring and summer comes plants. Lots of plants are toxic and sometimes fatal to pets if ingested in large amounts. If your dog accidentally eats a plant and you are not sure if it is toxic, there are lists online that advise of the toxicity of plants. Keep an eye on your dog and see if they are showing any symptoms of being poisoned and if so, get them to your vet immediately.

 

Itchy Paws:
Just like people, dogs can seasonal allergies. If you notice excessive licking and chewing at their paws or excessive scratching, your dog might be suffering from allergies. There are lots of ways to treat itchy skin and paws. One method to soothe paws is a soak of apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, warm water and a little peppermint oil for smell. You can also do oatmeal baths for itchy skin.

 

Grooming:
Most double coated dogs lose their winter undercoat come springtime. Regular brushing goes a long way to removing dead hair and skin as well as stimulating the natural oils in your dog’s skin. It is also great bonding time with your pooch!