Even though the weather isn’t co-operating, spring really is here. We wanted to remind you about a couple of potential pet hazards that come with the season.
You and your dog are out and about more, and so are skunks. To lower the chances of a dog vs. skunk encounter, avoid letting your pooch explore bushes and shrubs on his or her own, especially in the early morning and evening. If you and your dog do encounter a skunk, do everything you can to not alarm the skunk, and get your dog away before the skunk lets fire. If the worst happens, and the skunk lets loose on your dog, read what to do, including our most effective “de-skunking” recipe on our previous post: So your dog has met a Skunk.
Another very common hazard at this time of year is anti-freeze in parking lots and gutters. It’s the time of year when people change over their windshield washer fluid from the type with anti-freeze in it to the kind with anti-bug chemicals. Unfortunately not everyone is aware of how toxic anti-freeze is for both pets and people, and not everyone is careful about spillage when they make the change. When you change over your own fluid, be extremely careful about spilling it and dispose of any excess properly at a city hazardous waste depot. When you are walking your dog, don’t let them drink from puddles or gutters, where any number of toxic chemicals may lie in wait, but particularly sweet-tasting anti-freeze. Anti-freeze is an extremely dangerous, and often lethal toxin. If you believe your dog has consumed any anti-freeze, no matter how small the quantity, contact us immediately for veterinary care.