We all know that our dogs love nothing more than a long walk in the fresh air, to stretch their legs and indulge their sense of adventure. When it comes to walkies in the countryside, there are a few hazards that are worth keeping an eye out for, especially when the weather starts to turn chilly.
It may be obvious to check the weather before you embark on your walk, but this is something that should be on the top of your watch list when walking in the countryside. In the middle of winter, the weather can be unpredictable with rain or even snow, so both yourself and your pooch should be dressed accordingly. Putting a coat on your pooch will ensure that they have the best experience possible in wet weather, whilst being kept warm and dry.
Once out on your walk, you may encounter various animals along the way, such as horses, sheep, cows, or even other dogs. There are normally various signs on popular walks to let you know whenever you may encounter other animals, so it’s worth keeping an eye out to ensure your dog safe is kept safe. . Always keep your dog on its lead when approaching larger animals, just so they are aware that you cause no threat to them.
Poisonous Plants + Water
It can be difficult to identify poisonous or potentially deadly plants, however there may be a few on the list that you wouldn’t immediately consider a hazard at first glance. A few of these include:
- Apple seeds - Seeds contain cyanide. Varied toxic effects.
- Apricot kernels - Kernels contain cyanide. Can be fatal.
- Bluebell - Harmful if eaten in quantity.
- Cherry laurel - Harmful if eaten in quantity.
- Holly berries - Upset stomach, tremors, seizures, loss of balance.
- Horse chestnut - Harmful if eaten in quantity.
- Mistletoe (berries) - Gastrointestinal tract affected. May cause dermatitis. If eaten by a puppy, a few berries can be fatal.
- Rhubarb (leaves) - Large amounts of raw or cooked leaves can cause convulsions and coma can be fatal.
The same can be said for watering holes throughout your walk, so always ensure that your dog is drinking from clean streams and not dark puddles or mossy ponds.
The chances of running into some of these hazards are slim to none, but it is always best to stay prepared. Most of all, remember to enjoy the countryside, your walk and time with your pooch. Don’t forget to share pictures of your favourite route with Harringtons, as we love seeing them!