The birds are chirping; there’s a gentle breeze and the warm sun is shining. Spring is officially here.
What a beautiful time of year this is. Springtime triggers a lot of fun and exciting outdoor events such as hiking, gardening, fishing and playing outside with the kids and the family dog. It’s important to keep your pets safe during this time of year and as we get closer to summer. There are many steps you can take now to help protect your pet for the future.
Fleas and ticks are prominent in the spring and summer. There are many different products you can use to prevent these pesky pests. Flea and tick collars, spray and monthly treatments can be found at your local veterinarian’s office, or even at pet supply stores.
Vaccines are another important step for your pets’ safety. There are many different vaccines out there that may be beneficial for your pet. Aside from their annual rabies vaccines and 4-in-1(or whatever you and your vet decide to use), there are rattlesnake and giardia vaccines that may be ideal if you hike, camp, travel and go to the water often. There are also Lyme vaccines and heartworm treatment that you can keep your pet current on.
Spring also brings the blooming of beautiful flowers. Though they are gorgeous and smell wonderful, they may be hazardous to your pets. Below is a list of some of the flowers that are poisonous to pets.
- As lovely as the clematis is,
this can cause severe illness
and even death.
- Springtime crocus fall in the
- Tall and regal looking death
camas can be deadly to your
- Azalea is on the list to
watch around your dog since
it can be fatal if swallowed.
- Another springtime flower is
the deadly daffodil.
- If you can remember the
word lily, you can steer your
dog away from most of those
species. Day lily, tiger lily,
Easter lily, trumpet lily and
lily of the valley are all
poisonous and could be fatal
- Narcissus are not
something you can let your
dog eat, since they are on
the do not eat list too.
- Most rhododendrons can be
low enough to the ground
that a dog could be tempted
to eat the flowers; however
they are not to be eaten by
- Foxglove is a lovely cone
shaped cluster and highly off
limits to dogs for eating.
- As lovely as Morning Glory
is, it is off limits to dogs for
Many flowers cause mild gastrointestinal upset without actually poisoning your canine. Either illness or death can be circumvented by education of flora that can be dangerous to your dogs’ health.
No matter where you live, call the HOT LINE at the ASPCA: 1-888-426-4435 or your local veterinarian. If you believe your dog has swallowed anything that has caused some vomiting or other symptoms, consult with your vet as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less likely the available time for something to be done to help your pet will be.
Just because the item is not listed on this article, does not mean it cannot cause distress to your dog. An alert and watchful pet owner can sometimes pick up a lethargic dog behavior or a sickly look in the dog’s eyes. This observation needs a quick trip to the veterinarian. If you know what was eaten, bring the name or part of the plant with you to help the vet.
Now it’s time to meet some of the wonderful pets available for adoption at the HSCAZ animal shelter. To learn more, come to the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, call us at (928) 474-5590 or visit our website: humane societycentralaz.org.
SPICY JACK, FRENCH TOAST and SOURDOUGH JACK
Spicy Jack, French Toast and Sourdough Jack are 2-1/2-month-old lab pups. They are friendly, outgoing and super cute! They have been spayed or neutered and are up to date on vaccines. Any of these precious pups will make a wonderful addition to a loving, outgoing household. They already love the water and they will play all day long with toys and other pups. Puppies are hard work, but definitely worth it in the end. If you’re ready for a serious commitment and have the time and patience for a puppy, come down and meet the Jack in the Box crew.
Orion is a 4-month-old Lab/Pointer mix. He is the last from his litter to be adopted. He is playful and full of life and love. He gets along great with other dogs and loves to play, play, play. He will need some basic training, like all puppies, but is very smart and eager to learn. He is neutered and current on all of his vaccines. Orion would make a great hiking or camping companion. Come down and see for yourself how cute and energetic he is.
Little John is a 10-year-old Chihuahua. There is nothing old about this little guy. He is very energetic and playful. He spins circles and even prays. He is good with children and other dogs. He loves to cuddle in your lap or be carried around in your arms. He is up to date on his shots and has been neutered. Don’t let his age fool you; he really is a wonderful, lovable dog.
Gracie is a 4-year-old Chihuahua. She is a little shy and reserved. She will definitely need a patient, understanding owner who can help manage her shyness. She feels safe in your arms, and has to be able to jump into your lap for you to pick her up. She is very sweet and starting to come out of her shell. A little TLC and time and this girl will be your best friend. She is spayed and up to date on all vaccines.