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Spring Safety Tips

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons with its warmer weather, longer days and gorgeous gardens. With all the beauty that Spring brings there are also a few hazards that comes with it for our pups. Here's a few tips on how to keep your dog safe this Spring!

1. Seasonal Allergies

Just like us, dogs can get seasonal allergies too. Some potential triggers include grass, pollen, mildew and weeds similar to humans. However our allergy symptoms vary to those of our dogs with their main symptom being skin issues. They get itchy paws, sanitary areas, base of tail, underbelly and armpits. You may notice them scratching, licking and biting themselves a lot and can sometimes cause hair loss from the constant friction. We sell some great products for skin allergies instore and online. Feel free to pop in and we can make recommendations on what's best for your dog. For severe allergies consult your vet.

Lavender and Sweet Orange Moisture Balm

Formulated with coconut oil, the Fur Love moisture balm for dogs has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, restorative properties and is the perfect dog moisturiser. Use to prevent and relieve dry, itchy skin or mild skin irritations in dogs, such as eczema and skin allergies.

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Paw and Body Soak


The Fur Love paw soak cleanses, helps to soothe itchy spots, reduces redness or staining, draws out impurities and dries out irritations.

It can also absorb odours and reduce excessive paw licking and chewing by maintaining skin and paw health and cleanliness.

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Mint and Mandarin Moisture Balm

Formulated with coconut oil, the Fur Love moisture balm for dogs has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, restorative properties and is the perfect dog moisturiser. Use to prevent and relieve dry, itchy skin or mild skin irritations in dogs, such as eczema.

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2. Flowers

One of the best things about Spring is the beautiful blooming trees, plants and flowers with all their pretty colors. But as you prepare your garden, please be careful as some plants such as tulips, hyacinths, irises, daffodils and lillies are considered toxic to cats and dogs. If the plant and particularly the bulbs are ingested it can cause diarrhea and excessive drooling. 

3. Bee Stings

Just like peanut butter and Jelly goes together so does flowers and bees. These helpful creatures do wonders in the garden but not so much if they get close to our curious canine friends. It is quite common for dogs to get stung in particular on their face, nose and paws. 

If your dog is stung by a bee, stay calm and call your vet. Most bee sting can be treated at home but removing the stinger and applying a cold compress. However some dogs can have an allergic reaction causing breathing difficulties, and/or anaphylactic shock which will require immediate vet attention. 

4. Lawn and Garden Care

Be aware of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, and ensure you read the label carefully and follow the recommended waiting time before allowing pets back onto the lawn. Also keep all lawn care products out of pups reach.

5. Bugs

With the warmer weather, parasites such as fleas and ticks come out of hiding and hop onto dogs for a free meal. 


Fleas: Some warning signs your dog has fleas are: 

  • Biting and Itching the skin
  • Excessive licking
  • Dark specs or flea droppings in the dogs fur

Fleas are typically found near the tail, head neck and belly so check these areas first. 


Ticks: Ticks don't jump or fly, they are most commonly found in low lying bush or grass. They bury their heads into the dogs skin and feed. If you find a tick its important you remove it immediately as they can carry diseases. Use tweezers or a tick remover tool to grab the tick. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull out straight ensuring the head is removed also. Do not twist or turn the tweezers. 


Talk to your vet about what preventative methods and dosages are best for your pet. 

6. Spring Cleaning

Be cautious with products such as bleach, ammonia and furniture polish. If your dog licks a recently cleaned surface that isn't quite dry it can cause stomach upsets or chemical burns. Keep your dogs in a separate room until finished. 


7. Vaccinations and Microchips

As the weather warms up its more likely your pup is going to get out of the house to go to the beach, parks or for walks and have contact with other animals. Check your dog is up to date with its vaccines especially the Parvo virus vaccine. More outdoor time means there is a greater risk for a lost pet. Be safe and make sure your pet is registered and microchipped.  


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