Spring is a wonderful time for you and your dog and hopefully you'll be spending more time out and about in the great outdoors. Here are a few things to consider now that spring has finally appeared.
Daffodils and other bulb plants are poisonous to dogs.
Some dogs will eat grass and other garden plants but be aware that they can be poisonous to your dog. If you have daffodils, bluebells,lilies etc. growing in your garden then make sure your dog does not have unsupervised access to them. All parts of the flowers are toxic especially the bulbs.
Signs of poisoning include:
- salivating more than usual
- lack of coordination/staggering
- collapsing/falling unconscious
There is no specific antidote to these toxins but if you believe your dog has eaten a poisonous plant or shows any of the symptoms you should seek veterinary advice as soon as possible so they can be treated.
Easter eggs and hot cross buns
Easter eggs contain chocolate which is toxic to dogs so if you have any the house before Easter you should keep them in a place where your dog cannot get them. Remember your dog will probably be able to smell them out. Hot cross buns contain raisins which along with grapes, sultanas and currants can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Lots of households will be doing a thorough spring clean both indoors and outdoors but remember that dogs are curious creatures and might come to investigate any bottles or solutions that you use. Keep them out of your dogs reach and when using the products make sure you give them enough time to dry before allowing your dog back into the room. Dogs lick their paws so anything on the floor can be easily ingested if they walk across a wet floor. If you are using any chemicals outdoors too make sure they are pet friendly and always follow the instructions.
The Dogs Trust website has a comprehensive list of household and garden poisons.
It is an offence for your dog to worry livestock or not be kept under close control in a field of sheep. You should keep your dog on a lead around sheep because even chasing sheep can cause them to abort lambs or abandon newborn lambs. Ultimately your dog could be shot by a farmer if your dog is not stopped from chasing or attacking sheep.