As the snow rapidy melts, winters treasures are showing up in the puddles around town. On the trails and in the parks of Anchorage, liquor bottles, cigarette butts, rusty nails and tools seem to be the the favorite discarded items of winter. These can cause serious injury or ilness to our dogs as we head out to enjoy the warmer weather. Bring a small first aid kit with you on your outings in case your dog (or you) accidently step on or scrapes against something sharp.
At our homes, some of the possible hazards include, sharp nails or wires on fencing, loose fence boards or areas where pets can sneak out, around or under, trash tossed or blown into the yard that may be chewed on or ingested, and improperly stored toxins such as rodenticide, fertilizer or antifreeze. We can prevent injury by keeping our dogs on a leash while at parks and on trails. In our own yards it is a good idea to take a walk around, cleaning up trash and repairing any snow or wind damaged fencing. Try to do this everyday, you never know what the melting snow will reveal tomorrow!