Springtime Dog Walking Safety: Tips from a Dog Walker
Finally, in the middle of April, I’m starting to believe Spring is here! As a dog walker the fresh smells and bird calls are just intoxicating and I wake up everyday ready to grab a leash! But before you grab your leash and head out the door, keep these springtime safety tips in mind:
Dogs love to stick their heads out the car window but this puts them at risk of flying debris. Insects and particles can get lodged into their eyes, and larger pieces of road trash can cause serious damage to their face and head. Invest in a dog restraint system and keep your windows cracked for the fresh breeze. For smaller dogs you can even get them a booster seat so they can look out the window. Your dog will still enjoy the smells, but stay safe and contained.
Keep some wipes on hand to remove pollen from your dogs paws and face. After a nice dog walk I like to wipe dogs down to remove pollen and dust. Allergens can affect dogs as well as people, leading to upper respiratory infections, hair loss and itchiness. Wipes are also helpful if you think your dog has walked in treated grass. Ingested fertizlier and week killer can be toxic. Plus you’ll reduce dirt tracked into your house and your dog will smell fresh all season long!
Learn the signs of bug bites and stings. If you notice a rash, swelling, difficulty breathing or other signs of anaphalatic shock, you’ll need to call your vet. Don’t forget to keep all of your pets, even indoor cats, on year round flea and tick prevention. Fleas can come in on your pants leg and infest indoor cats before you notice them.
Sorry pups, those fun, delicious sticks are no good for you! Chewing sticks can alleviate boredom or help the teething pain of puppies, but if your dog likes to injest wood particles, you should invest in some good chewing toys instead. Wood particles can cause intestinal bleeding or blockage, and some types of wood, such as black walnut and yew, can be toxic to dogs. So keep an eye on your dog if they’re outside or in a dog park.
Hopefully this article will help you and your dog have a fun, safe spring. Now go out and enjoy the sunshine!