Dog Care 101 Tip #209: Outdoor Hazards and Spring Safety
With spring here and loads of outdoor excitement ahead, we at BestBullySticks want to make sure you and your pet enjoy the sunny days ahead to the fullest. While there are some outdoor activities that can pose health risks to your pooch, rest assured— we’re here to make sure you can nip them in the bud! Here are three hazards to watch out for this season:
The first step to protecting your dog from Lyme disease is to ensure they’re on the appropriate preventative medications. We strongly suggest an all-natural flea and tick alternative to the toxic ingredients found in many medications. Common spot treatments are chock full of chemicals and have been reported to pose a threat to both pets and their human owners.
Caused by bacteria from the genus Borrelia, Lyme disease is primarily transmitted by deer ticks during the height of tick season (May through August). Borrelia-carrying ticks generally need to be attached for 18 hours to transmit infection. Should you suspect your loved one may have come down with Lyme disease take them to the vet immediately— here are a few early warning symptoms to look out for:
• Lameness accompanied by joint inflammation and stiff walking
• Fever, difficulty breathing and lack of appetite
• Swelling of the lymph nodes close to the tick bite
BestBullySticks.com has a whole host of all-natural flea and tick control products available through our online store. Don’t give Lyme disease the chance to affect your dog’s health this coming season.
This spring, everything in the garden might not be so rosy. Some flowers found in and around your home can pose a potential threat to dogs. Common decorative flowers such as lilies,
rhododendrons and azaleas can prove fatal if eaten. A photographic guide of plants dangerous to dogs can be found the ASPCA’s website. Take a peek to make sure your garden is a safe hangout for you and your dog.
Fresh mulch can also present a hazard to dogs. Many gardeners are unaware of the dog-toxic ingredients in many brands of mulch. Cocoa shell, a common mulch additive, contains theobromine, a naturally occurring alkaloid poisonous to dogs. If possible, seek out safer alternatives such as tree bark based mulches.
If your dog does consume poisonous plant-based materials, immediately contact your veterinarian.
Just like us, dogs are also susceptible to the seasonal allergies brought on by spring. But don’t expect that cold wet nose to be the one to tell you! While humans tend to respond to their allergies with upper respiratory symptoms, our canine counterparts tend to exhibit symptoms on the skin. From hair loss to inflamed skin, epidermal allergic reactions are now the number one cause of veterinary visits.
Allergic reactions are divided into four distinct categories:
• Flea and insect bites
• Inhaled allergens (dust, mold, pollen)
• Food allergies
• Skin irritants
Keep an eye out for any distinct changes in your dog’s behavior, especially during seasonal changes and exposure to new environments. If you do suspect your pet to be reacting to an allergen, try and identify it immediately to prevent further exposure. And as always, if your dog does experience severe allergic reactions, contact your veterinarian immediately!