Beware Spring Dangers To Dogs

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A leading Yorkshire vets is warning of the dangers that spring can bring for pets when they’re out in gardens and parks.

It’s the time of year when people like to banish the winter blues and get out in the fresh air, which can present a host of potential dangers to dogs.

Hayley Buddery, vet nurse at Calder Vets, is urging animal lovers to be aware of the potential issues their pets could face.

Bulbs, weed killer, lawn feed and fertiliser can all be poisonous to pets and some plants are also toxic – including bluebells, which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and an irregular heartbeat.

The popular spring daffodil can cause pets to vomit, salivate, appear unsteady on their feet and collapse, while tulips and spring crocuses can also cause irritation and upset stomachs.

Weed killer has a variety of symptoms including skin and eye irritation, diarrhoea and vomiting, breathing difficulties and lack of coordination.

And while ticks are alive in tall grass, lawns and woodland areas all year round, spring marks the first time of the year when pets are likely to come into contact with them.

Dog owners are also being warned to keep their pets on leads around new-born lambs as farmers have the legal right to shoot animals which worry their livestock.

“Spring always brings a real spike in cases for us,” said Hayley, who is based at Calder’s 24/7 animal hospital in Dewsbury.

“People love to go out and get busy in their gardens and go for walks at this time of year and it’s during these times that common problems start to show themselves.

“I’d urge them to be vigilant because flower bulbs, lawn feed, weed killer and fertiliser are all dangerous and can cause big problems.”

If you think your dog has come into contact with any of the hazards mentioned, you should seek medical advice at the first possible opportunity.

For more information on Calder Vets, visit

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