April showers bring spring flowers, and a new round of wild mushrooms. Please be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. There are some steps you can take to lower the chance of your pup getting ahold of a deadly mushroom.
Other dangers to be aware of as you and your dog head out this season for fun and exercise include foxtails and ticks. Check dogs for ticks after hikes and be aware of your "super sniffer" dogs; foxtail grass grows in open spaces as well as along many trails. These ubiquitous seemingly innocent pieces of mother nature can be very dangerous to our dogs.
Staying on paved or cleared trails and not letting your dog off leash can be a good idea to limit the exposure of all three off these dangerous irritants.