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.