Spring has sprung!!! Yesterday was the Spring Equinox. so every day from this point forward, until the Summer solstice, has more light than the day before. If you are not outside in your garden, on a hike, on a walk, on a bike ride, in a park, or generally outside, you likely will be soon. With Spring comes some things to watch out for as you and your dog play outside.

Bees!

Dogs love to sniff around in bushes, debris piles, tree logs, and pretty much anywhere that smells interesting. As they jump and prance through your garden, and dig their noses into your new plants, they may also encounter bees. If they encounter bees, they may encounter bee stings. If your god gets stung, if it is only one sting, they should be ok (unless they have an allergy), if they get multiple stings, then this could be a problem. If you are concerned about your dog being stung, call Albuquerque Vetco immediately to ask if you need to bring them in or what you can do to help your dog at home.

If you have bees in your yard, you can call an exterminator to spray and eliminate them or a Honey Bee removal company if you think they may be honey bees. If you are out and see bees flying around, you may want to discourage your dog from sniffing around in piles or plants too much. Unfortunately there is no vaccine or pre-treatment for a bee sting.

Snakes

New Mexico has snakes! We have snakes in the Sandia mountains. We have snakes in the Valley. We have snakes in the Mesa. We have snakes. If you live in a more rural area, you may have more snakes, but we also get snakes in the city. Thankfully not all of our snakes are poisonous, but we do have poisonous snakes, such at rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes can be deadly to your dog, and to you as well. Often people come across them when they are out hiking. Dogs get super curious and don’t often realize that the snake is nothing to play with.

If you are out on a hike, try to keep your dog on the trail and discourage her from nosing around behind rocks, and in holes, where snakes like to hide. If you hear a rattlesnake, just back away slowly. Remember, that not all rattlesnakes have rattles, so you may not hear their tell tale sign.

One good thing, you can get a Rattlesnake vaccine! This vaccine reduces the toxic effects of the venom and helps your dog to not only survive, but not be in as much pain or as sick. You can get your rattlesnake vaccine in our Albuquerque veterinary clinic daily walk-in shot clinic.

Poisonous Plants

Poisonous plants are one of the biggest problems for pets getting poisoned. There are a lot of plants that we love to have in our garden that are toxic to our pets. This becomes a problem because our pets love to chew on our plants, even if we aren’t a fan of this behavior. Eating these toxic plants can cause everything from lethargy, to kidney failure, so it is not to be taken lightly. Some more common toxic plants in New Mexico gardens are:

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Cyclamen
  • Foxglove
  • Jimson Weed
  • Oleander

If you think your pet ate a toxic plant, call your Albuquerque vet immediately! The faster they get treatment, the more likely they are to be ok.