As the weather gets warmer, our breeders at Agape Labradoodles in Denver want you to know how to have a safe Spring with your Labradoodle. An ASPCA article points out that you should be aware of some potential hazards for your Labradoodle when it comes to home improvement projects, the Easter holiday, spring cleaning, and outdoor activities after a long winter.
Let’s take a closer look at how to have a safe Spring with your Labradoodle.
Some people may be celebrating Easter and that means lots of chocolate candy. But chocolate is toxic to your Labradoodle. Make sure all candy and especially chocolate is kept away from any area that your dog can reach.
With the warmer days, you will be opening your windows to enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather. This can be a hazard if you don’t have screens on your windows. Your Labradoodle could jump or fall through your open windows. Make sure to get sturdy screens for your windows and install them tightly for your dog’s safety.
Your Labradoodle probably loves to ride with you in the car and put their head out the window or ride in the back of your pickup truck. However, this can end in problems and sometimes in tragedy. Did you know that flying debris and insects can cause your Labradoodle to have inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections?
When you make sudden stops or sharp turns it can cause injury to your dog or worse. This is too dangerous and risky. Your Labradoodle should always ride in the vehicle in a crate or wear a seatbelt harness designed especially for dogs.
When the warmer weather comes, many people start their spring cleaning. Just make sure that you keep all the cleaners and chemicals you are using, out of your Labradoodle’s way. Cleaning products, even all natural ones, usually have chemicals that are harmful to your dog.
Home Repair Projects
It’s also time to tackle those home repair projects you’ve been thinking about all winter. If you use things like paints, mineral spirits, and solvents, they can be toxic to your Labradoodle and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Don’t leave them in an area that your dog can get to.
In fact, if you can, block off your working area so your dog can’t get in. That would help with the physical hazards as well, like nails, staples, insulation, blades and power tools.
It’s also about time to plant your garden and tend to your yard, but any fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides that you use have ingredients that can be dangerous for your Labradoodle if ingested. Keep these products away from your pet and make sure you read the instructions for their use. For some products, even the spray or ingesting a plant that has been sprayed can make your dog sick.
Be careful what you plant in your yard. Some plants, like rhododendrons and azaleas, are actually highly toxic to your dog and in some circumstances, can even cause death if they are eaten. The ASPCA article lists the toxic plants to avoid.
Your Labradoodle may be allergic to certain foods, dust, plants, and pollens that can cause itching, sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings. Keep an eye on your dog and if you think they may have an allergy, take them to their vet.
Another point to remember when it comes to how to have a safe Spring with your Labradoodle is to prepare for the bug invasion. Check with your vet for heartworm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program for your Labradoodle and any other pets in your home.
Don’t Get Lost
You and your pet will be venturing outside more now, to the dog park, in the yard, and on the nature trails. Labradoodles are very adventurous dogs. Make sure your dog has identification, either a microchip or a tag that contains contact information to reach you if your dog gets lost.
Our breeders at Agape Labradoodles in Denver want you to keep these tips in mind about how to have a safe spring with your Labradoodle. We know that Labradoodles approach life head-on at breakneck speed, and they dive into every new adventure with the same enthusiasm, but with a little caution from you about the hazards, you can keep your dog safe.