Spring Safety Tips with KONG

Spring is the time of year when winter melts away and we emerge from Netflix binges to get back to life. Whether you’re focused on a tropical getaway or scrubbing away the winter blues, don’t forget about your furry friend. Keep your pup occupied with a KONG classic stuffed with their favorite treat.

GARDENING

While spring is the time of the year to start planting in your garden we have a few tips for pet safety.

Tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, lilies, crocus, lily of the valley are all common spring plants that are extremely toxic to dogs. Many fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides are also lethal to dogs and cats. Plant poisoning can lead to skin irritation and rashes, stomach problems, organ damage and death. If you suspect your pet ingested a harmful plant or gardening substance, immediately contact your veterinarian or reach out to the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center.

Use durable, treat-stuffed KONG toys for pets that are prone to boredom and you’ll likely avoid any potential garden disasters.

SHEDDING

For pet parents, spring is synonymous with SHEDDING. The easiest way to avoid a hairy mess is to brush your dog or cat at least once a week.

KONG’s ZoomGroom is a durable brush that is great for both dry grooming and shampooing. It removes loose hair like a magnet while stimulating capillaries and natural oil production for healthy skin and coat.

DANGERS OF USING STICKS AS PLAYTOYS

In the coming warm weather you and your best friend will be spending more time playing outside and enjoying nature.

It might seem easiest to grab a stick to play fetch, but that can be dangerous. Splintering and stabbing is very common in stick play. It is easy for a dog to get carried away and end up hurting themselves.

KONG Safestix is a great alternative to wooden sticks and their durability will allow for many exciting games of fetch and tug.

Caught your dog chewing a stick? KONG Antlers are an all-natural alternative to sticks that not only provides a safe splinter and chip free toy but also is great for cleaning teeth.

SUN

It’s hard to tell but our furry friends are susceptible to the same sun dangers we are. Research has shown that excess sun exposure can lead to canine skin cancer. All dogs are at risk–some more than others. Pink noses or noses of white dogs sunburn most easily. You can protect your dog by using sunscreen that does not contain toxins poisonous to dogs like zinc oxide. When the fun in the sun is over and you’re ready to relax, try freezing a treat-stuffed KONG toy for your pup to enjoy. They’ll appreciate the cool sensation, as well as the stimulating challenge of removing the stuffed treats.