After what feels like a long winter in Fayetteville, NC, Spring is here. With the warmer temperatures comes lots of opportunities for dogs to play outside. It is important to take the time to prepare your pets for the change in seasons.

The team of Veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Hospital would like to share some important safety tips to consider this time of year.


It is good to have your dog groomed, especially if they tend to have a lot of fur. Not only will they be cooler outdoors with a thinner coat, but it will be easier to see ticks or fleas that may try to attach themselves to their bodies.


With colder temperatures these last few months, there is a good chance you and your pet have been somewhat inactive while staying indoors during winter. Rather than starting right back with long walks, long hikes, and other intense activities, it is important to ease your canine back into an exercise routine. Starting with brief walks is a great way to warm up your dog’s legs and muscles, which will also help prepare them for other activities.


As your dog spends a significant amount of time in your yard, it is important to think about the flowers and plants you place on your property. Dogs are naturally curious and tend to use their noses and mouths to explore new things. As you plan out your landscaping, it is vital to avoid planting flowers and other vegetation which may pose hazards to your dog’s health.

Some potentially poisonous plants and flowers to keep out of your yard and garden:

  •   Iris
  •   Daffodil
  •   Lilies
  •   Rhubarb
  •   Philodendrons
  •   Foxglove


 As many folks practice a “spring cleaning” tradition of deep cleaning their home and tossing out things they no longer need or use – it is also great practice to follow for your pet’s toys and gear. Toss all toys that are damaged; those could become choking hazards. Give all leashes, collars, bedding and toys a good cleaning to remove built-up grime and dirt.


 The Cumberland Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina understands how important it is to keep our pets safe year-round.  If your pet has any issues, please contact us at 910-822-3337.  Cumberland Animal Hospital’s veterinarians in Fayetteville, NC are always available to assist you. Call us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions.