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7 Springtime Safety Tips for Dogs

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Spring is here! With the warmer weather upon us and more time being spent outdoors, our four-legged friends are susceptible to an increased number of accidents and illnesses. So, Embrace Pet Insurance has compiled a list of spring dangers for dog parents to be on the lookout for this season.

1. Chocolate and Other Sweets
Even with all the attention the cocoa bean gets, chocolate still ranks as the number one pet poison according to vets across the USA. Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many common human food products such as candy and chewing gum, is another item to keep out of your dog’s reach. Take it from Orca, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who racked up almost $5,000 in vet bills after consuming some sugar-free gum that had xylitol in it. Luckily, Embrace Pet Insurance covered the charges, but it serves as a reminder to all pup parents to keep these items far out of reach.

Other common hazardous items this time of year like fake grass, candy wrappers, and plastic eggs are notorious for causing gastrointestinal obstructions in pets. Unpeeled hard-boiled eggs are favorites for dogs as well and can cause GI complications or obstructions, not to mention pungent gas.

2. Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning with products labeled “natural” doesn’t mean your pup is free from harm. Make sure that your spring cleaning products are pet-friendly and, when cleaning, keep your dog secure and away from the area until all cleaning substances are dry and out of paws' reach.
3. Spring Plants and Flowers
Springtime blooms can be problematic this time of year for dogs. Those poisonous to pups include azaleas, daffodils, tulips, and more. Mushrooms that come up in the spring can also be problematic, as this pup learned the hard way.
4. Exercise-Related Injuries
If your dog has been less active during the winter, be sure to work your way intoan exercise plan for you and your dog gradually. This will help him/her rebuild muscle tone and cardiovascular health before being allowed to engage in strenuous outdoor activities. Heidi, the 8-month-old Bernese Mountain dog, tore her cruciate ligament when she pushed her activity levels too far, and the vet bill came to more than $5,000. Luckily, she was protected by Embrace.
5. Springtime Allergies
Just like you, your dog can have allergies to the plants and pollens of springtime. Spring and autumn are the peak seasons when most pet parents notice an increase in their pet’s chewing and scratching. Don’t be alarmed if your pup develops a new itch but do seek veterinary advice. Labrador-mix Theo started experiencing seasonal allergies when he moved to a new state.
6. Fleas and Ticks
Springtime is a welcome relief to many of us who live in colder climates. However, one thing to remember as your dogs start spending more time outside is proper flea and tick prevention. Discuss the best plan for you and your pup with your veterinarian. Flea and tick prevention is covered under Embrace’s Wellness Rewards.
7. Curb Appeal Hazards
Spring is a popular time for people to freshen up yards. The same items that can beautify and add to the curb appeal of a home can be dangerous to pets. Be mindful of lawn and landscaping hazards for pets such as cocoa mulch and lawn edging. Taking a few precautionary steps can ensure a healthy, enjoyable spring for you and your furry family member alike.
Plan Ahead

Unfortunately, expensive vet bills can come at any time, during any season. That’s why many dog owners elect to protect themselves. Pet health insurance offers peace of mind when it comes to the wellbeing of your dog, while reducing the financial burden. Instead of worrying about bills, you can focus your energy on what’s more important, a healthy pup!