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By staying informed and taking proactive measures, you can ensure that your dog stays safe and healthy throughout the spring season. Remember to consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s well-being or encounter any unexpected issues. With proper care and attention, you and your canine companion can enjoy all the wonders that spring has to offer.

A Spring Groom for your Dog

Regular grooming or clipping your dog will help to keep their coat clean and free of knots and matting (read our top grooming tips here for more handy tips). This is important as matted hair can trap heat along with helping to hide any unwanted guests.

While new life is all around us during spring, sadly this also extends to some of our more unwelcome nasties. Fleas, ticks and worms all start to grow in numbers around Easter as the weather warms up so make sure your dog is protected.

Seasonal Allergies and Dogs

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by pollen, mold, and dust. Keep an eye out for symptoms such as itching, sneezing, watery eyes, and skin irritations. Consult your vet if you suspect your dog is experiencing allergies and consider using allergy medication or hypoallergenic grooming products to alleviate their discomfort.

Gardening with your Dog

For the green fingered, spring often means beginning to plan and start your gardening. Keep in mind that some dogs really enjoy digging as much as we do so avoid planting toxic bulbs. Although the bright yellow flowers of daffodil blooming are often the first signs of spring, daffodil bulbs, along with tulip, hyacinth, amaryllis and narcissus bulbs, can cause nasty reactions if eaten by dogs, and can even be fatal in some cases. The rest of the daffodil (stem, leaves and flower) are less toxic, but still not good for dogs so make sure any flowers are kept out of reach.

With spring comes the urge to tidy up the yard and garden, often involving the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. These chemicals can be toxic to dogs if ingested or absorbed through their skin. Opt for pet-safe alternatives or keep your dog away from treated areas until the products have dried or settled.

Spring Cleaning Hazards for Dogs 

While decluttering and cleaning your home, be mindful of potential hazards such as cleaning products, sharp objects, and small items that could be swallowed. Keep these items safely stored away from your dog’s reach. One of our favourite brands to use is Wilton London who’s products not only smell amazing, they're also eco-friendly and Vegan Society registered.

Puddles and Standing Water

Spring showers can lead to puddles and stagnant water, which may contain bacteria, parasites, or chemicals from runoff. Prevent your dog from drinking from puddles and consider bringing along fresh water during walks or outings.

Main Photo by Liz Seabrook

Navigating Spring: A Guide for Dog Owners to Seasonal Hazards