Spring is officially here. So here’s to more daylight and even more adventures with your dog. Whether you’re out in the fields or bouncing around the garden, there are a few things to look out for to help keep your dog safe in spring. Here’s our top tips…
Look out for livestock
Dog walks might take you in and around farmland. Just remember to take care near livestock as they’ll be wary of dogs they don’t know. It’s also a pretty important time of year for sheep and lambs, so keep your dog on the lead when you’re nearby – the last thing you want is your pup running after animals and getting you in trouble. It’s also worth noting that cattle can get pretty aggressive around dogs, especially when they have calves.
Chocolate is not on their menu
It might be tempting to treat your pup to a chunk of choc (especially if you’ve still got a cupboard full of Easter eggs). However, chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is actually toxic to them and can cause serious illness. And the higher the cocoa content of the chocolate, the more theobromine it’s likely to contain – even a tiny amount of dark chocolate could cause issues in a small dog. If your pup eats chocolate by accident, it’s best to call your vet. Read them the ingredients list and they’ll advise you what to do next.