April 19, 2018
Spring Dangers Which can Affect your Pet
The changing of the seasons can have a big effect on your pet. Pets who have been stuck indoors for the vast majority of winter can become more prone to irritants, chemicals and activity-related injury.
1) After several months inside and relatively inactive, your dog may have gained weight, lost muscle tone and have stiff joints. It's important that pets are re-introduced to their favourite outdoor activities slowly and controlled during this time.
2) Keep a mindful out for debris left over from Easter. Chocolate, especially dark, can be toxic for dogs. The packaging of Easter Eggs, including neon grass can cause digestive issues if ingested during a walk. Small toys pose a choking hazard for all pets, so it pays to be curious on those first adventures of the season.
3) Just like humans, pets can suffer quite badly from seasonal allergies (histamine). Dust, pollen and mould are the most common tiggers. Symptoms can include sneezing, coughing and excessive scratching. If you suspect your pet is suffering from an allergic reaction, consult your veterinarian to discuss the most appropriate course of action.
4) Spring is the season of bloom, with flowers, plants and trees all regaining their much-missed array of colours. However, flowers such as Lilies are extremely toxic to all pets and can be deadly if consumed. Every part of the plant, including the pollen, flower and leaves are poisonous.
5) Dehydration and overheating is a real risk during late Spring and early Summer. Ensure your pets do not overheat when outside by providing access to fresh water and shade, where they can break from the sun. Additionally to this, never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, as these can turn into ovens in a matter of minutes during peak season.
6) Bugs galore! Spring is notorious for the rise of bugs, with warmer weather, longer days and increased warmth. It is of course important to keep your pets on preventatives all-year round, but this is heightened during the warmer months. Heartworms, fleas, ticks, ants and flies are the most prevalent bugs. It's important to check your pet for ticks after walks in woodland or grassy areas. Our Insect Shield range of pet bedding will help to aid in the fight against bugs, with it's built-in technology designed to protect your pet against various insects and parasites.
7) As the days get longer, there is a heightened risk of overexposure to harmful UV rays. Not only outdoors, but there is concern for dogs who sleep by a window. Animals with paler skin are more susceptible to skin cancer, so do ensure your pet doesn't spend too much time in the sun.
Ultimately, enjoy & make the most of the nice weather. There's always plenty of fun to be had in the sun!
Thanks for reading, The Scruffs Team
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