The first day of spring is coming up quickly. While we may not have to deal with melting snow, we will soon see temperatures rising as the summer heat approaches. Even in this climate, there are a few specific seasonal hazards for dogs at this time of year. A local Scottsdale, AZ vet lists a few of them below.

Parasites

At this time of year, you’ll see an increase in many insect populations, including mosquitos, which carry the dangerous heartworm parasite. Make sure that Fido is current on his parasite control products.

Allergies

People aren’t the only ones who suffer from allergies. If you know or suspect that your pooch is having reactions, contact your vet right away.

Rattlesnakes

Many types of animals, including wild rattlesnakes, get very active at this time of year, as they are emerging from hibernation and/or looking for mates. This is something to keep in mind as you’re walking your dog. Keep Fido away from areas where snakes may be hiding, such as piles of debris and woodpiles. At night, take a flashlight with you, and pay close attention to the ground and terrain.

Plants

At this time of year, much of our local flora will be coming into bloom. If you plan to head for your favorite trail to take in some flowering cactuses with Fido, take a few precautions. Don’t let Fido nose around potential hazards, such as foxtails or cholla cactus.

Cleaning

Spring is a popular time for people to dive into some deep cleaning. However, many of the chemicals and cleaning agents you may use are dangerous to your canine buddy. It’s very easy for pets to ingest these toxins. All Fido would have to do is walk through a puddle, and then lick his paws. Opt for organic, pet-safe products as much as possible.

Hot Weather

Springtime temps usually average about 80 at this time of year, which is more than hot enough to cause issues for Fido. If you are taking your canine buddy hiking with you, be sure to bring plenty of water along. Also, don’t leave your pup unattended in a car. Play it safe, and leave your dog at home if he can’t accompany you inside your destination.

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Scottsdale, AZ veterinary clinic, we’re always happy to help!