After long winter months spent in the cold and the snow, the arrival of spring delights more than one! The thaw, warmer temperatures, trails reappearing under the snow and nature coming back to life mark the season of renewal. The masters as much as their animals are enthusiastic to return to long walks in nature.

However, the season brings with it certain threats that our pets may be exposed to.

Here are some of the most common:


The insects

With the rise in temperatures also comes the arrival of several insects and parasites from which we were sheltered during the winter. Before enjoying the outdoors, it goes without saying to make sure that your animal is well protected against these little beasts which can be disturbing or even dangerous. These include ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and sandflies. Be sure to protect your pet with tick and flea treatment. There are many solutions to prevent insect bites but before making a decision, your veterinarian will be able to guide you towards what is best for your animal.

To learn more about the different risks and diseases and their symptoms, read this article.


Flowers and plants

The arrival of spring gives us a glimpse of the first colors that nature had hidden under its blanket of snow over the past few months. Despite their beauty, some plants and flowers are toxic and can be very harmful to your dogs and cats, including:

  • Lilies
  • Crocuses
  • The tulips
  • Narcissus
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Lily of the valley

In addition, certain lawn or plant products can be particularly toxic, whether natural or chemical, in particular:

  • Recipes based on blood or bones
  • Fertilizers for roses and other plants (containing disulfoton or other types of organophosphates)
  • Pesticides and insecticides (especially those in cans)
  • Iron (added in some fertilizers)

Here are more comprehensive lists of indoor and outdoor poisonous plants for cats and dogs.

Useful chart to keep handy

Pay attention to what your animals eat during outings and do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian if you witness any abnormal behaviour or symptoms. Note that some symptoms may only appear several days later.


Cleaning products

Spring heralds renewal and many take the opportunity to clean up! Some cleaning products can be harmful to pets if ingested. Be sure to store these products safely and out of reach of your pets. It is also recommended to carefully read the list of ingredients of the products you use or simply to turn to natural and safe solutions.

I share with you in this article my favorite recipes and a list of products that we have tested and adopted for several years.


The walks

An increase in walkers, dogs, squirrels, and smells stimulates the senses of your canine companions, making them more motivated or distracted by their environment. To enjoy pleasant walks for you and your dog, here's a practical guide offered by Julia Couture, a dog behaviorist:

1 - Increase the value of rewards offered in exchange for good behavior. Opt for more enticing treats such as wild-caught capelin KALŪ (my essential) or new toys as a means of reward.

2 - Resume training in less distracting environments, such as the home or garden, to allow your dog to better assimilate the exercises and execute them successfully.

3 - Spend a few minutes on focus and engagement exercises BEFORE going for a walk. This prior preparation will allow your dog to mentally prepare and respond more effectively to your directions during the walk.

4 - Tire your dog physically BEFORE starting the walk to promote attention and reduce excitement.

5 - Offer activities that meet YOUR dog's specific needs, such as running, exploring, jumping, or interacting with park facilities. Take advantage of this to encourage freedom and work on recall.

I also recommend watching my videos on focus exercises and leash walking without tension on KALŪ' s Instagram account.



Just like humans, pets can develop seasonal allergies to dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens at any time. Symptoms may include sneezing, coughing, itching, and rashes. If you notice these symptoms in your pet, consult a veterinarian for proper treatment.


Hoping that you and your companions will have a safe and sweet spring!


KALŪ's team


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