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Spring Care for Dogs

Spring is here! This can be a dangerous time of year for our canine friends. You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your pet safe and healthy. A local Portland, OR vet discusses spring care for dogs in this article.

Start Parasite Control

As the weather heats up, fleas and ticks will be coming out in droves. Make sure Fido is up to date on his vaccines and parasite control.

Pet-Friendly Products

Are you planning to do some spring cleaning? Use pet-safe products, like vinegar or baking soda. This is also a great time to go through your pet’s things. Discard anything that’s damaged, expired, or just worn out. Don’t forget to change your air filters!

Plants

Yard work is definitely on the agenda for a lot of people at this time of year. Keep your canine pal in mind here. Many popular plants are toxic to dogs. Some common ones to be wary of are tulips, daffodils, and oleanders. You can find a full list of both safe and unsafe plants on the ASPCA website here. Also, be sure to choose a pet-friendly ground cover, like thyme or buffalo grass.

Dog Park Bullying

As the weather warms up, many people will be taking their dogs to the park. Keep an eye out for dogs that are bullying other pups! If you see any pooches acting aggressive, take Fido for a walk and try again later.

Allergy Patrol

Just like people, dogs can suffer from allergies. Fido can develop allergies at any time in his life, and to a wide variety of substances, including pollen, mold, dust, dander, grass, trees, and leaves. Of course, spring is a prime time for allergies. Keep an eye out for signs of allergies, such as sneezing, red runny eyes, itching, and/or hot spots. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Easter Hazards

The spring holiday can be quite dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Chocolate is one concern. Those Easter bunnies are highly toxic to dogs! Decorations, such as plastic eggs, those fake green grasses in Easter eggs, bouquets, and unsafe foods are also hazardous. Keep a close eye on your pup, and keep anything that could be dangerous out of paws’ reach.

Please contact us, your local Portland, OR vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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