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Spring Hazards for Dogs

The weather is finally warming up! Your canine pal will no likely be more than happy to run and play outside again. Just be sure to put Fido’s health and safety first. Spring does have some specific dangers for pet parents to be aware of. A local Bolingbrook, IL vet lists some of them in this article.

Easter Trappings

The spring holiday can be very dangerous for our furry friends. Chocolate is one concern. It’s very toxic to Fido! Hard candies, decorations, and bouquets are also hazardous.

Allergens

Spring is a peak time for allergens in our canine buddies. Many of our furry pals are allergic to pollen, trees, plants, or leaves. If you know or suspect that your pup has allergies, contact your vet. There are ways to manage allergies in pets, and keep them more comfortable.

Parasites/Disease

When the sunshine returns, fleas, ticks, and other parasites will come out in full force. Make sure that your four-legged pal is current on his parasite control products! It’s also important to keep Fido up to date on important vaccinations. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Lawn/Garden Products

At this time of year, many people are heading outdoors to tend to their lawns and gardens. Lawn and garden chemicals can be very toxic to our furry friends. Your dog can also ingest these chemicals just by walking or rolling around in a recently-treated patch. You’ll also want to be careful with what you plant. Many flowers, including tulips, lilies, and oleanders, are poisonous to pets. The ASPCA has posted a full list of safe and unsafe plants online.

Overheating

The weather may get hot before you are expecting it. Make sure that Fido always has plenty of shade and fresh water!

Doghouse

This is a great time to go through your canine friend’s bedding, clothes, and toys. Wash what you can, and replace anything that is expired or unwashable. If Fido has a doghouse, give that a good scrubbing as well.

Overexertion

If your furry friend spent most of the winter curled up on the couch, he may be a little out of shape. Let Fido build his endurance up before you take him on a strenuous walk or hike.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Bolingbrook, IL pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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