Spring is Almost Here, Tips for Keeping your Pet Safe.

Hey, fellow pet lovers!!

Today’s post is all about Spring which is fast approaching and personally, I cannot wait!!

2019 for me is all about trying to be the best version of myself and it always helps when the sun is shining and Winter is behind us. The girls also seem to much prefer Springtime, especially Nia and I’m really looking forward to our fun adventures in the sun.

Let’s jump straight into today’s post and learn what the girls are going to get up to this Spring?


Spring, 2019

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I love Spring, in fact, it might actually be my favourite season with Autumn coming runner-up. Winter can be very difficult to get through, cold nights, the lack of greenery, as well as sunshine can really take a toll on our mental health and productivity. Thankfully, Spring is less than a week away and this month has already seen an increase in nicer weather, which I’m incredibly grateful for!!

Today’s post is a bit more relaxed than our two previous informative ones but I hope your all looking forward to part two of A Brief History of the Pet Food Industry, which I’ll post within the next week.

However, in today’s post, I want to talk about my spring plans for the girls, epoch.pet and update you on some of my plans for 2019. This year has been a challenging one already but I’m really glad about how the blog is growing, as each week our views are increasing alongside our followers.

It’s coming up to a year in April since going live with epoch.pet and I’m really proud that I have managed to stick with my twice a week posting schedule and haven’t missed a single post to date. I will be doing a yearly review post next month, where I plan on talking about how the last year has been for epoch.pet, what my thoughts on blogging are and update you on my interesting plans for the epoch.pet.

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In the meantime, however, if you would like to learn more about epoch.pet then check out some of my previous posts.


What the girls are going to get up to this Spring?

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If you haven’t guessed already, Nia and Lily will be spending a lot of time outside in the sunny weather on our lovely walks along the coast or at Lily’s favourite place, the park.

  • We are going to go on plenty of lovely walks.

I can tell already that the girls, my partner and I are going to go on some really nice walks this Spring that will continue into the beautiful Summer that is slowly approaching.

We have plenty of lovely places to choose from and my personal favourite is our lovely coastline and also along with the Lea’s which is where the Great North Dog Walk takes place each year. We also have Cleadon Hills which is a pretty long but scenic walk for the girls so we’ll definitely be going there this Spring.

  • Nia will be going out on the bike with her favourite human, aka Dad.

Nia loves going on bike rides with my partner but unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to do so for the last month as my partner is busy fixing up his new bike, which will hopefully be done in the next few weeks. This is a fun springtime activity that Nia loves to do with my other half and the current weather is perfect for it.

  • Lily and I will be starting our running routine.

This is something I have been wanting to do for a little while now and I’ve been unable to find the motivation to get up and go on a run during the winter months, despite the fairly mild winter we’ve had. However, with Spring fast approaching it is on my To-Do list and Lily and myself are going to go on our first run next week and you guys need to hold me accountable to that.

  • Try taking Pooss out on a harness.

Something I really want to start doing this Spring is getting Pooss to wear her harness so we can start taking her out on weekly walks. When taking the girls to the loo on a night-time she has been creeping out behind us and is starting to become a lot more inquisitive. I think if she can get used to wearing her harness over the course of the next few weeks then she will really enjoy going on little walks outside.

Spring ends on Friday the 21st of June and I’m hoping you and your four-legged friends all take the time to spend some quality time with each other, outside in the lovely Spring sunshine. As the first quarter of the year is almost coming to an end Spring is the perfect time to reflect on your values, take control of your life and commit to them all important new years resolutions.

Tips for a Safe Spring

  • Always take water out with you for your canine companion.

Remember, as the weather gets warmer to always take water out with you for your pet, especially if they are running around off the lead. I always take water with me to the park in a little backpack, along with our travel bowl. If you don’t have a travel bowl you can pick them up for super cheap and I’ve put two links in today’s post so you can order your pet one today, simply follow the links below to head over to Amazon.

This is the travel bowl we currently have, we got the red one almost two years ago, the only thing I dislike about this travel bowl is that it makes my bag wet after the girls have used it, so I’ve added a link to a silicone one that you may prefer. However, if you do want to order this one simply follow the link, 8″ Fold Up Travel Dog Water Drinking BowlHere is another travel bowl that I quite like the look of, as I mentioned above one thing that annoys me about our current travel bowl is that it remains wet and this means your bag will get wet when you put it away. This is an easy issue to fix and what I like about the above bowl is that it is silicone so you can easily dry it before putting it away.

To order follow the link below, H&S® 2 Collapsible Travel Dog Water Bowl Portable Cat Pet Silicone Food Bowl Small.

  • Don’t let your pet eat Daffodils.

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Daffodils are one of the first flowers to blossom in Spring and are a joyful reminder that warmer weather is on its way. However, you should ensure that your pet does not ingest these pretty flowers because they are poisonous and can have health consequences.

Daffodils contain a poisonous alkaloid that can cause your pet to become ill if ingested and if your pet does eat Daffodils keep an eye out for the symptoms listed below.

  1. Vomiting.

  2. Tremors.

  3. Convulsions.

  4. Low Blood Pressure.

Keep in mind that the most dangerous part of Daffodils is the bulb but don’t allow your pet to eat any part of the plant and keep a close eye on them when they off the lead.

  • Be careful what flowers you bring into your home!!

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Lilies are truly beautiful flowers but they are very dangerous for our feline friends and if you have a cat then Lilies are a no go. Not all Lilies can kill your cat and some are less dangerous than others such as benign lilies like the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies. The reason these lilies are not as dangerous is they aren’t true lilies and don’t come from the Lilium or Hemerocallis species.

Don’t be fooled though as these seemingly benign lilies can still cause your furry friends some harm if ingested and this is because they contain insoluble oxalate crystals that irritate the mouth when ingested. Signs that your cat has ingested some of the plant or some pollen from a Peace and Calla lilies are listed below.

  • Drooling.

  • Pawing at the mouth.

  • Foaming.

  • Transient vomiting.

  • Difficulty breathing, however, this is rare

There are some lilies what we would call true lilies such as the Lilium or Hemerocallis species that can cause serious harm and even death if ingested by your cat. These Lilies to watch out for are listed below.

  • Tiger lilies.

  • Daylilies.

  • Asiatic hybrid lilies.

  • Japanese show lilies.

  • Easter lilies.

  • Rubrum lilies.

  • Stargazer lilies.

  • Red lilies.

  • Western lilies.

  • Wood lilies.

All parts of these above lilies are highly toxic to our four-legged friends and apparently, even just 2-3 small petals or a small drink out of a vase that your lilies are in could be enough to cause acute kidney failure.

A. Lee, D. (n.d.). Easter Lily Poisoning in Cats. [online] Pet Health Network. Available at: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/cat-health/cat-toxins-poisons/easter-lily-poisoning-cats [Accessed 20 Aug. 2018].

  • Regularly check your pet for ticks.

Adult ticks are most active from March to mid-May and mid-August to November, so make sure you keep checking your pet’s fur whenever they’ve been out on a walk around long grass. Thankfully, we haven’t ever had any problems with ticks apart from once when Lily had a few on her after coming back from a camping trip a few years back.

Keep an eye out for ticks on your pet, and if you haven’t already make sure you order one of these handy tick removers, as you don’t want to pull the tick out using anything else encase you leave its head in.

To order yours simply follow the link and head over to Amazon, Lifesystems Tick Remover Card. As well as ordering this handy tick remover, if you put spot-on products on your pet already, then you may want to try a natural alternative from a company I really love called AniForte.To order this all natural spot on for your canine companion then simply follow this link, AniForte Ectoprotex dog – Spot On for Protection (50ml) | 100% Pure & Natural | Long Term Protection | Treatment & Prevention | Natural Solution for Dogs

To order this natural spot-on solution for your feline friend simply follow this link, AniForte Ectoprotex Cat 50ml, Tick Treatment for Cats, Spot On for protection against ticks & parasites, Natural Alternative to the conventional products

*By purchasing through this link you are supporting epoch.pet as we get a small amount of commission, with no extra cost to you. This money helps keep the blog up and running and allows us to purchase pet products to review on our site. I only ever review products that are tried and tested by my girls and I think are great!


I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and have some fun-filled days planned with your four-legged friends this spring. If you liked today’s post then let me know by hitting that like button, or giving it a share so other pet owners can learn all about epoch.pet and our diverse range of content.

Also, stick around for the second part of A Brief History of the Pet Food Industry, If you haven’t read part one yet then simply follow the link above to learn more. I want to quickly thank each and every one of you all for coming to epoch.pet each week and reading our content, you guys are amazing and I’m super grateful that you choose to be a part of our pet loving community.

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