Dog Emergency Prevention

Puppy-Proofing Your Yard for Spring in WNY

Well, we’ve made it past Valentine’s Day in Western New York! This time of the year is when the long winter nights start to turn into bright Spring mornings, and the drab snow melts into colorful Buffalo springtime. This blog helps serve as a means of prevention and preparation for pet owners of our region to help avoid a pet emergency. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency with your animal we always recommend to give us a call as soon as possible. Spring is a season of change, but there are certain changes that as animal lovers we must be mindful of to help protect our pets!

Here are 7 ways to ensure your Pup is safe and sound this Spring!


As the snow begins to melt and the grass begins to show, make sure to do a seasonal yard check to ensure any fencing or perimeter enclosures are secured properly. Winter can take its toll on structural integrity and dogs love to dig. Make sure your dog won’t be getting any ideas for exploring the neighborhood through an opening in the fence. 

Protect the Pool

Puppies are curious, but even mature dogs will get explorative. An inground pool should be properly protected from dogs of any age from accidentally or intentionally getting in the pool or on the pool covering. Older dogs may not be able to see as well as they used to, so it’s important to be mindful with older dogs around open water.

Provide Some New Shelter

Springtime in Buffalo doesn’t get too hot, but it’s important to always prepare your environment to include a bit of shade from the sun. Summer temperatures can get hot, and a little dog house or shelter can provide solace from a random spring rain shower in addition to the hot sun. Consider the surface below your dog’s paws as well, ensuring they aren’t forced to be on hot ground, or left alone unattended for too long. As always, ensure proper hydration and water is available for your pup!

Review Your Landscaping Plans

If you are the proud owner of a new puppy, and this is their first WNY spring, you may want to take a walk around your home to review the plants and landscaping. Some flowers that are commonly used to enhance the look of your home can cause serious health complications if eaten by your dog or pup. Young pups won’t think twice about eating something new, even if it means a rock or some mulch, so be extra careful with young dogs and supervise them accordingly, whether indoor or outdoor. 

Protect Your Dog from Poisonous Lawn Treatments

Ensure if you are doing any chemical treatments to your lawn or landscaping, that the ingredients are ok for your dog. Many weed killers, fertilizers and insecticides contain toxic chemicals that could be harmful to your dog, and it’s important to know how long to keep your pup off the lawn if used. At least 24 hours is often recommended. 

Keep the Lawn Tidy & Tick Free

When the rain starts falling here in Buffalo, that grass can grow fast! You may not think of it but grass that is overgrown, and taller grass is a perfect home for ticks. Ticks can be a real pain for pets and humans, carrying diseases like Lyme disease. It is important to keep the lawn and yard trimmed and keep your habitat tick-free.

Supervision Is Always Important!

As pets age, we begin to grow trust and love for them that allow us to feel that they’ll always be here for us. It’s important that ALL dogs have proper supervision and protection from the elements surrounding your home. Whether it is weather-related, fence-related, landscaping-related, or other, the responsibility of being a good pet owner ensures a long and happy life for pets. Keep an eye out for hazards and always be proactive in preventing dog emergencies. 

In the event that you find yourself in an emergency related to your dog, remember that Greater Buffalo Veterinary Emergency Clinic is always here for you, 24 hours a day. We aim to help prepare pet owners of Western New York with the best knowledge we can to help prevent a call to our animal hospital, but if something happens, know that we are here for you!




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