Tips for your dog in spring!

As we all know spring is upon us and many of us think about spring cleaning the house, what to plant in the garden and which patio we will hit up first; but we shouldn’t forget our furry friends and their needs during this season!

1) When thinking of your garden look out for fertilizers including organic fertilizers (meals) and make sure they are stored properly away from your dogs. Applying these to your gardens will normally cause no harm to animals but its best to keep them away until everything has been fully absorbed by the soil. Ingesting these products in large quantities can be life threatening so safe storage is key! Some signs of poisoning include;

Common signs to watch for:
• Drooling.
• Nausea.
• Vomiting (acute or delayed onset)
• Diarrhea.
• Abnormal posture due to abdominal pain.
• Difficulty breathing.
• “Muddy” colored gums.
• Lethargy
• Tremors

2) Make sure your pets vaccinations are up to date. Dog to dog contact increases with the nice weather as it is such a great time to get out to the local dog parks and scenic walking trails.

3) If you are in an area where there are ticks to do frequent checks on your dog’s coat. It is much easier to do this by feel depending on your dog’s coat length. The most common places for ticks are around the head, neck, ears, chest and forelegs but they can be anywhere.

4) There is nothing better than sticking your head out the window and feeling the wind on your face when you’re a dog but consider that with the salt/rocks still on the road lying debris can be a hazard. Abrupt stops or tight turns can also injure your pet so we recommend a seatbelt harness or secure crate to keep your furry friends safe.

5) Thinking about doing a little home improvement or major spring deep clean, keep all harsh chemicals out of your pets reach. If it’s not good for you to breathe it probably isn’t ok for them either. Physical hazards such as nails, wood, tools (especially sharp ones), insulation, etc. should be kept away from your pets.

6) With the nicer weather and more opportunity to get out and about this is the time to get your pet microchipped if you have not already done so. Also an up to date tag with your current address, phone number and any other contact information that someone may need to reach you.

Speaking of outdoor events the Dave Sells family is proud to be a part of Humane Animal Rescue Team (hart) 5th annual Eggstravaganza April 9th, 2:30pm in Spruce Grove’s Jim Galloway Dog Park (on leash). With a $10 donation, your dog can take part in this great charity Easter egg hunt!! Dogs and owners make their way through the park and when the dogs nose touches an egg, the owner picks it up and adds it to their basket. There are a few Golden Eggs, for which the dog will receive a gift basket at the end of the hunt! Check out https://www.facebook.com/hartedmonton/ for more information.

Happy Hunting!
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