Winter is over. In fact, it’s long gone. Most of us have abandoned our hibernation caves and traded the chill dark days for some sunnier romps outside. And we aren’t the only excited ones either — you can bet your pet is just as ready to paw on some fresh grass and soak up a few rays of their own.
Stop and Smell the Roses
This time of year brings a beautiful bouquet of colors, sights, and smells, but humans aren’t the only ones who get their olfactories abuzz with the fresh flowers springing to life at every turn. Your dog, and even cat, dig the bright new blooms, but make sure you are aware of where their nose and mouth goes. Several readily prevalent plants and flowers are actually toxic to pets, so read up on which blossoms are beautiful, and which are just plain bad for the extra member of your family.
We don’t know what it is about spring the makes us want to clean everything — yet it always does. Most of us toss out a lot of unneeded junk from the closets and corners of our home, but most of us also bring in a lot of new chemicals and cleaners to help tackle the extra mess. Be extra aware of what new chemicals your purchases, where you store them, and how they affect your pet (not to mention your family). Most of these chemicals range from irritating to downright deadly to your furry friends; but don’t fret! There are several awesome, effective, and pet-friendly cleaners on the market. Opt for more and get the job done with confidence, and a clean conscious to boot.
This probably goes without saying, but pets deal with seasonal allergies just like us. It can be caused by pollen, other pet dander, mold, dust, and a myriad of other irritants. Don’t worry, just look for the signs: sneezing, coughing, incessant head shaking, irritated/dry/patchy skin, excessive face rubbing, foot-chewing, or sudden change in mood. If you pet has any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian for the best way to treat the issue.
Beware of Bullies
With warmer weather comes a lot more trips to the dog park. These outings are usually a blast for both you, your pet, and those you meet. In spite of all the fun, sometimes a bit of bullying can arise among the pets in the park. It could even be your dog! Just keep a lookout for a few of the signs. With a keen eye, you can ensure everyone has a perfect afternoon in the park. Signs of pet bullying include: one dog pins or chases another with no reciprocation, high pitched yelps, or a pet hiding behind an owner or object. If the dog looks uncomfortable, it probably is. If your pet is the bully, is best to end the park play day a few minutes early and try again next time.