Thursday, 24 April 2014

8 Spring tips for your pets

Hiya everyone!
Welcome to another edition of Thoughtless Thursday.
This is a blog hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and me, Love is being owned by a husky!

For you bloggers out there, we encourage you to link up and join the fun!
For you non bloggers, feel free to hop around to the other blogs who are participating in this hop. You will find their thumbnail photo's at the bottom of this post.
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"Don't think, just link!"

This is also letter "U" in the #atozchallenge.
"U" is for Underestimate.

My huskies fav time of year is obviously winter, however that doesn't mean they don't still love basking in the sun and running around the yard in the warmth.


As you can plainly see, my huskies have been thoroughly enjoying spring so far.
Which is why this is a super important post.
Never underestimate all the things your pet can get themselves into during the warmer weather,

Spring time is in full force, and today I am going to share some tips on how to keep your husky (or pets in general) safe from spring dangers.

This time of year is beautiful! The flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, grass is growing and turning green and we finally get a break from that polar vortex of a winter that just passed!

But did you know that some of our beautiful flowers or plants can be toxic to our dogs and cats?

Here is a list of toxic plants and flowers : (also plants that can simply be harmful but may not be poisonous)

Foxtails
  • Tulip
  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Hyacinth
  • Sago palm
  • Azelea
  • Castor bean
  • English ivy
  • Lily 
  • Pothos
  • African daisy 
  • Grapes
  • Foxtails
  • Foxgloves

If you suspect your husky (or pet of any kind)  has ingested a poisonous plant call your local poison control A.S.A.P.
For a detailed list of harmful plants and flowers click HERE.

Insecticides, herbicides and fertilizer are also harmful to dogs, so keep that in mind while you do your gardening this year.

Warmer weather means more time outside with your dogs (or other pets)
It is super important to make sure your pet has ID tags or a microchip. Even better if you have both.
Already this spring we have had two escapes! Lexus decided to un-clip her lead (don't as me how, she's a husky!!) And ran up the sidewalk, luckily she stopped to smell some pee mail on a pole and we were able to just walk up to her. Mika got out of my hand for a moment, but she chose to stay close by her mama :)

Do not let your dog ride with his head popped right out the window. There are dangers with doing so. A piece of debris or insects can get into your pets eyes or ears and cause injury or infection.

With this beautiful spring weather we all love to open our windows and let the fresh breeze into our homes. Be sure you have a screen in your windows, and make sure they fit nice and snug as well. It is not hard for a dog or cat to push on a screen and escape.

Do not let your husky (or any pet) drink puddle water while out on walks.
Puddles can contain harmful substances from leaking vehicles such as anti freeze, which is extremely harmful to animals. Puddles are also a nesting house for insects such as mosquitoes. This includes you kitties out there as well!



While your doing your indoor Spring cleaning this year, be mindful of the chemicals you use, and where you store them. Of course it is best to go green and use environmentally safe cleaning products but even still, be sure to keep them up and out of reach of your pets.


It is very important to have your pet on a year-round heart worm preventative as well as flea and tick control program.


Everyone knows heart-worms can be very bad for our pets, but don't underestimate fleas either. They are not only pesky annoying insects, but they can be harmful as well.

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Image source : HERE
Finally, with the warm weather, some people will be tempted to shave their husky. Or any dog with a double coat for that matter. Please do not shave your dog if they have a double coat! This will hurt, not help. Their coat helps them to stay warm yes . . . but it also helps them to stay cool in the summer as well! Shaving them could lead to things like skin cancer and sun burns. There are ways to help your dog stay cool, such as keeping them in shady areas while they are outdoors, lots of cold fresh water, homemade dog friendly ice pop treats, and have your walks before the sun comes up full force and/or after the sun goes down. While indoors, air conditioning is a big bonus for those killer hot days!

Thanks for coming by everyone, and remember to stay safe through the warm weather!

Reminder woos : Tomorrow is the Pet Parade! Don't miss the PAWty! Your all invited! Come on back tomorrow for more info!

Also I want to thank you all for my birthday wishes in your comments yesterday. Today is my actual birthday, however my family celebrated on the weekend so we could also celebrate my mother and my daughters birthdays. We are all within a couple weeks of each other. Much love to you all ♥
Your birthday wishes made me smile :)
Big thanks my bloggin BFF Melissa (and her hubby) at Barking from the Bayou! I woke up to this beautiful birthday card this morning!! Thanks Melissa! Love ya!






52 comments:

  1. helpful post. :) thanks. and hope you ands the pack are having a nice week.

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    1. We are, thanks for askin and thanks for popping by!

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  2. Lots of great reminders today. Those puddles are a big source of Giardia too down here where I live. Very common.

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    1. It is your right! Super dangerous!
      Thanks Ann!

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  3. Yep peeps keeps an eye on me in the garden so I don't go eating plants I should not. Enjoy soaking up those rays. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks, i'm glad your peeps are keeping a close eyes on you!
      Have yourself a great day as well!

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    1. Thanks Misaki!
      Thanks for the bday wishes as well!

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  5. these are great tips particularly the list of poison plants

    retro rover

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  6. Great post, thank you for the tips on the poisonous plants. I didn't know some of those and we are getting ready to work on landscaping. I am so thankful for warm weather, Lucy NEEDED to get out of the house haha

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    1. Thanks! I am glad I could teach something about an important topic!
      The warm weather has been a nice change for sure! I hear ya there! Thanks for comin by!

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  7. Great post mates! We would add that you should always avoid the temptation to shave a double-coated dog- this is something of a crusade of ours - to get people to stop shaving their huskerboos, hope you all have a marvelous spring!!!!

    RA

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    1. Pawfect thing to add RA! I have posted about that often! Thanks so much for coming by!

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  8. Lots of good info in the post.

    We missed your birthday? Happy, happy, happy belated birthday! So sorry we're late.

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    1. Thank you! And your not late! My bday is today!!! Thanks for the bday wishes :))

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  9. Wow what a pawesome and highly informative post today guys!

    Thanks fur sharing all the furry furry useful info :)

    Purrs

    Basil xox

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    1. Your welcome! And thank you for comin by for a read!

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  10. Foxtails are evil...they work their way into the worst places and are hard to get out. Thanks for all the tips.

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    1. They sure are!!!! Bad Bad Foxtails!!!! Grrrrrr!

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  11. Pawesome info! Mama says to add the beauwoowooooooootiful flowers FoxGlove to the poison list. Lots of gardens have them. Wooooowooooooooooo, Ku http://haikubyku.com

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    1. Thank you! I edited the post and added foxglove. Thanks for your info!

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  12. Great tips! :) Thanks for reminding everyone of the importance of not shaving a double coated dog for the summer.

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    1. Thanks! It is super important your right about that!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  13. Great tips! Standing water/puddles is a huge problem this time of year - giardia, chemicals, general dirt. Just gross and definitely not healthy.

    Also, of course I agree on the dog shaving because I made the chart! Super important and a huge pet peeve of mine to see people shave their double-coated dogs! The madness has to stop!

    Also, don't mean to be awkward or a PITA, and you can definitely still share my chart here, just as long as you make mention of its source with a link back and credit. Thanks.

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    1. Eek! So sorry! I forgot to check and insert the image course! My bad and my apologies! I typed do not shave your dog info graphic into Google images and I forgot to check the source. So so sorry! I know better!
      Puddles are horrid things! A lot of people see no harm in letting their dogs drink out of them! Ew! So much disease poison and or bacteria lurk in those puddles!

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  14. Yay, I get to wish you a Happy Birthday on your actual Birthday. Happy Birthday!!

    Lots of good advice in this post, some of the plants I did not know about!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much for your birthday wishes!!! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  15. I love spring although... to be honest... it is only beginnin' to make an appearance now.

    Can't wait for the primroses to be in full bloom. Nothin' better than pictures of me posin' in amongst the primroses. hehehe...

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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    1. I know it has just started here as well, but I wrote this post on Easter weekend and the weather was extremely warm! It has since cooled down a WHOLE lot!!!! GRRRRR!
      Can't wait to see your photos next to the primroses! I bet they will be beautiful!

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  16. Mama makes sure to watch us very carefully when we are playing by the zay-las! Thanks for the important information!!!


    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  17. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you are having a great day, even though you already celebrated over the weekend!
    This is a great post full of very important things to think about now that spring is (finally) here!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thanks so much! i am having a great day, thanks!
      These are very important things, some people don't pay to much mind to, but should!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  18. PS....are your share buttons missing, or am I blind? :)

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    1. Well I assume you are not blind BOL!!!! Your typing seems just fine hahaha!!! But my share buttons are up there, unless only I can see them? Maybe your not blind but I am delusional? BOL!!!!

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    2. I see them now, so either I AM blind (temporarily) or they were mysteriously missing and have now reappeared! LOL I also forgot I can share on Twitter by using the little bird flying around!

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    3. hahaha!!!!! Yup, feel free to click on Pete the twitter bird! He likes to fly right in front of your face, so ya can't miss him if all else fails!!!! BOL

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  19. Great post - great info for all!!! We don't have any of those plants in our yard. Ciara and Lightning make it tough to plant any flowers anyway:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. haha! I hear ya there!
      Luckily our flower garden is at the front of the house where the pack doesn't go! haha

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  20. Happy delayed Birthday. We were so busy because of our new pup LOL. Have a nice day.

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    1. haha! That's ok! Understandable! Thanks so much!

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  21. This is such good information! Thanks for posting it.

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  22. Well Happy Birthday and we hope it was a great one! Thanks for all the tips. We are only indoor, but Mom doesnt' even allow "real" flowers in the house because most are toxic to us and we all eat even the silk plants Mom has.

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    1. Good plan mom! And really? Even the silk ones? BOL! Crazy cats!!

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  23. Happy Birthday on more time! Great information in your post. There are so many dangers in the outdoors. Neither of my boys eat flowers (they just squash them), but they will eat grass so we are very careful not to use chemicals in the backyard.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! My huskies like to eat grass also, so we are the same here,

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  24. Great post - it's just the start of many things that can go bump in the night. A time to be extra vigilant.

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