Spring Dangers for Pets – Things to Watch For

Spring Dangers for Pets – Things to Watch For

Spring dangers for pets isn’t the first thing we think about when the weather gets nice.  We know you’re not the only ones excited about the changing weather. Your pets are loving it too!  Spring time is for romping and rolling in the grass, splashing in water and getting all the crazies out. Pets and people stuck inside all winter have plenty of crazies to get out.

Spring is delightful. It also brings along some dangers with it.  Learn about the potential dangers here.  Next time your in the yard or on a walk you will know what to look for.

Spring Dangers for Pets – What to watch for and how concerned should you be?

Check your yard over everyday before letting pets out.  As we move through spring and into summer, there are lots of things that can put your pets in danger.  We want people to be aware of what is in their yards, not scare you into staying inside.  Here are some of the most common spring dangers for pets.

Grass Burs

Grass most of the time is pretty harmless.  As soon as spring starts it seems like all the doggos and kitties want to eat a little.  Its not a big deal.  But please watch out for grass burrs.  These little bud have sharp little spurs on them that can damage animals internal organs by getting caught and tearing. 

Pesticides, Fertilizers and Mulch

All of these things we use to beautify our yards can be toxic to animals who eat them.  Pets often try to chew on mulch just as though it was a stick or toy.  Even the ones labeled organic can be toxic.  Organic mulches and fertilizers contain bacteria from animal feces that can be deadly.  For more details check out this article from Pet Health Network.


The flowers are out in  full bloom and they are stunning.  Flowers bring bees with them.  We’re not anti-bee people here, but they do present a danger to pets and children.  (We’ll have post on what to do if your pet gets stung soon.) Continue to plant beautiful flowers, maybe just think about putting up a small decorative fence around the area and teaching them that it is a “no-go” area. Another option is to keep flowering plants in areas pets and children aren’t playing in as much.  The front yard is a great place for flowering plant beds.

If your pet has been strung by a bee, call your vet.  Your vet will likely tell you to give an antihistamine. Pets require different dosing than humans.  Do not administer any medications without your vet’s approval first.


Mushrooms seem to come up out of nowhere!  This spring danger for pets was highly publicized last summer.  The death of The Rock’s dog, Brutus, came as a shock to many.  Be sure to check for them every time pets go outside.  Apps that allow the user to take a picture of a plant and get information have become popular.  This is definitely an option but can be time consuming.  Accuracy is also a worry.  Instead of trying to figure out which mushrooms are toxic to pets and trusting yourself to correctly identify them every time, I just go with all mushrooms are off limits.  

If your pet has eaten a mushroom, pick another mushroom from that grouping and place it in a bag.  Call your vet immediately.


This spring danger for pets is exactly the thing we think will keep them safe.  Fences that have sustained damage or bored pets can be a serious problem.  Especially after the crazy weather we have had, be sure to check that fencing is secure all the way around your yard.  Fencing can easily be damaged during windy weather.  Check for the obvious that a gate hasn’t been blown open, locks damaged or left open by a vendor.  Make sure there are no loose boards, no gaps, no areas where dirt may have been washed away below the fence.  This is another thing that needs to be checked every time pets go outside.  Especially if they are ever left unattended in the yard. (Something we don’t recommend.)

Poison Ivy

While it is unlikely for your pets to get poison ivy, (it’s very difficult for the oils to get through their fur to their skin), it is very possible for them to spread it to you.  Take the time to properly kill and dispose of poison ivy in your yard.  Keep dogs away from the plant on walks.  For your own sake, do a once over checking for the three leaves of green.

As professional pet sitters, the Barkside team members on on the watch for your furry family members too.  A Barkside member will let you know when we see potential spring dangers for pets and keep them away.

Don’t let this list scare you into having a wonderful spring and enjoying all it has to offer.  Just do quick yard check before letting pets out to play!