After a long winter, we’re sure that you’re ready to get outside with your dog. don’t overlook these hazards of the season.

Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

Ticks can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people: Lyme disease, ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesia. The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Ask your veterinarian for advice.


Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs, but can also affect the liver,
kidney, eyes, and central nervous system if left untreated, it can cause death. Fortunately, effective preventatives are available.

Fertilizers and Mulch

According to the PetPoisonHelpline, most fertilizers contain a wide assortment of potentially toxic substances including iron and nitrogen. They could also have pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides.

Bee Stings

Dogs don’t react well to bee stings. Their kidneys are easily damaged if they absorb multiple stings at one time. Talk to your veterinarian on what to do if your dog is stung.