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Spring Hazards for Dogs

Spring is almost here! While we don’t really have to worry too much about melting snow in this part of the country, this can still be a dangerous time of year for our canine pals. As a good pet parent, you will want to take some precautions to keep your furry friend safe. Read on as a local North Phoenix, AZ vet lists some spring hazards for dogs.

Weeds

Many local weeds are not safe for Man’s Best Friend. In fact, there are over 700 types of plants that are toxic to Fido! Foxtail grasses, hedge parsley, and burclover are all problematic. Keep up with your four-legged pal’s grooming sessions. We also recommend checking your pooch thoroughly every day, and making sure he hasn’t picked up dangerous awls or burdocks. You can find a complete list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website.

Parasites

Parasites can be problematic year round, but many types of insects become particularly active as the weather starts to heat up. Keep up with Fido’s parasite control!

Holiday Trappings

As Easter approaches, many people set out decorations and bouquets. These things can be very hazardous to playful pets! Chocolates are one big concern. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which can both cause serious medical issues in pets, and can even be fatal. Flowers are another hazard: many popular flowers are poisonous to our canine pals. Keep holiday trappings away from your furry buddy!

Wild Animals

Wild animals are always a concern, but some are particularly active at this time of year. When walking your dog, avoid areas that look like they could be potential habitats. If you have a yard, keep sheds clean, and use motion lights to deter predators. Ask your vet for more information.

Overexertion

It won’t be long before temperatures start soaring again. Our canine friends are already wearing fur coats, which makes it very easy for them to overheat. As the weather starts to heat up, keep a close eye on your four-legged buddy, and make sure he doesn’t get too hot. Keep Fido properly hydrated, and don’t leave him outdoors too long in hot weather. Also, be sure not to overexert your pooch.

Is your dog due for vaccinations or an exam? As your local North Phoenix, AZ vet clinic, we are happy to provide excellent veterinary care. Please feel free to contact us anytime!

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