Spring Safety Precautions For Dogs

As winter progresses into spring in many states, people will be throwing open doors and windows, trying to enjoy every bit of sunshine and warm breeze that the can. After months of being stuck inside hiding from frigid temperatures, they are anxious to get outside to the fresh air.

All of this spring time anticipation can bring dangerous conditions to our dogs, as they long for the fresh spring air as well. They are probably as anxious to be outdoors again as their pet parents are. Families need to take safety precautions for dogs as spring approaches and then turns to summer.

Doors and Windows:

We are so anxious for fresh spring breeze to air out the house that we fling open doors and windows at the first sign of warm weather. Remember that your dog will be just as anxious to get out and enjoy the weather. He could become excited by a bird or a leaf blowing by and could go right through the screen on a window if it is not in good shape.

looking_outThis could be extremely dangerous if it is a second story or higher window, or if the dog is small. Even if the dog makes it out the window and to the ground safely, she could become lost, stolen or possibly even hit by a car.

Be sure that all open windows have sturdy screens or are inaccessible to the dog. Make sure that the dog doesn’t sneak out the door as people start going in and out. This is especially important with children who may run in and out a lot as the weather warms.

Yard Hazards:

The family dog may be trained to stay in the yard, but before you let him out to run freely, be sure to walk the entire yard to check for hazards. Even if you cleaned the yard last fall, there is no telling what winters wrath could have left behind, and a curious dog will have no trouble finding it. Stray animals could have left behind bones and scraps of food.

Check the yard for low spots that may have stagnant water sitting in a puddle. Your dog may be curious enough to sniff or drink from a stagnant source of water. Bacteria in stagnant water can make a dog very ill.

Fences:

Walk the perimeter of a fenced yard and check for any deterioration or damage. A small dog can wiggle through a hole in a fence and be gone before you realize it. Wire fences may have damage that could injure the dog if wires are sticking out.

For safety’s sake, walk the dog around the yard on a leash the first time or two this spring so that you know he is safe, or you can quickly pull him to safety if necessary.