Spring is in the air

The latest scoop – and I hope you do – on your dog.
Well spring has sprung and now more then ever it is so pleasant to take your dog for a walk or just let him/her run outside and get rid of all that energy.  However, spring has many hazards for your dog.  Here are some of the most important:
    1.    Ticks are an ever present danger for your dogs.  They are easily picked up and can be the source of many illnesses.  The best way to counteract this is prevention.  Of course, this can be discussed with your vet.    There are many preventative remedies to be found.  But.  Beware of false claims.
2.    Heartworm disease again can be easily contracted; it is transmitted by mosquitoes.  It is a serious disease that mainly affects the heart and lungs.  It can also affect the liver, kidneys, eyes and central nervous system.  If untreated it can kill your dog.  Again consult your vet. for treatment, vaccination.  Don’t leave it too late.
3.    This is the time when many people, like me, are fertilizing our gardens.  Fertilizers contain many potentially, toxic chemicals.  There are now, however, some pet friendly fertilizers on the market.  Read the directions first.  Also beware of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.  Be especially careful in your use of slug bait.
4.    Although bees are our friends and there appears to be  problems within the bee population, they can be vey harmful to your dog.  How many times have I seen Roversnapping at bees only to catch and swallow one.  If your dog romps  into a bee nest and is stung by many bees, then it is time to take him/her to your vet,  post haste.
5.    Beware of thawing ice and swollen creeks.  It is best to keep your dog on a leash when dangerous, streams ponds are in the vicinity.
I think the underlying fact here is that you should have a healthy relationship with your vet and take your pet see him/her for regular check-ups.