SOMERS, N.Y. -- With winter finally in the rearview mirror, S.R. Dog Training in Somers is reminding residents of the new dangers posed to dogs in the warmer weather.
Not all plants are animal friendly. If your dog ingests just a small amount of these common plants, it can lead to serious health issues. Just a few potentially dangerous plants are azalea, bittersweet, crocus, day lily, ferns, lily of the valley, morning glory, tiger lily, and tulip.
Adding fertilizer to grow grass/plants, and pesticides to kill off unwanted bugs and weeds can pose a significant health concern for pets. The safest option is to forgo using any of these products in your yard. If that’s not possible, seek out pet safe options when available.
Most dogs are drawn to sticks in the yard. Tree branches are not designed to act as chew toys. As a result, they can splinter/break, cut a dog’s mouth/throat and cause a severe choking hazard. Instead of sticks, use suitable toys as an outlet for your dog. Dog toys include: A Frisbee, tug toy, squeaky toy or ball.
Spring can cause allergies in pets, just as much as it does in humans. Common allergens for dogs include flowering trees, dandelions, tulips, insects, dust and mold. Allergy symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of itching, coughing, sneezing, flaky skin or extra oily coat. Keep an eye out for these symptoms in order to help ease your dog’s discomfort.
If you suspect your dog has been exposed to any health hazard, do not wait. Immediately contact a veterinarian for professional medical attention.
Prevention is always the best medicine. Whenever possible, take proactive steps to help prevent health issues for your dog.