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get ready for spring

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
March 08, 2018

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get ready for spring

It's time to get ready for spring with your pets! We can all hope that this cold weather will be behind us soon and that Spring is truly “in the air”. This does not just mean it will be time for spring cleaning. It is also a time to get your dog ready for spring!

Here are some simple steps that we can take to get our canine companions ready for the warmer seasons so they can enjoy it to the fullest.

Take your dog to the vet:
First and foremost, you should take your dog to see the veterinarian for their annual check-up. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is as applicable to dogs as it is to humans.

Make sure your dog is vaccinated:
Since your dog will be spending more time outdoors in the summer it is important to make sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. This will help them to be protected from a wide range of serious medical conditions that they are more likely to be exposed to.

Grooming:
Your dog is ready to shed their winter coat. Get ahead of the furry mess by grooming them regularly. If you are strapped for time check out a local grooming salon. For a fee, these groomers will scrub and brush your pup while you run around doing errands. 

Keep those New Year’s resolutions:
People are not the only ones who pack on the pounds in winter. Your dog has likely spent the last few months staying warm and being a little less active. Remember to start slowly with short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.

Sensible fashion is a must!
It's important to take a look at your dog’s collar and leash and other accessories to make sure that they are still in good condition. If they are breaking or fraying, replace them before you start any outdoor activities. Make sure that their tags are in good shape and all your information is up to date.

Microchip:
Every pet owner wants to keep their pets as safe as possible. Placing a collar with an Identification tag is important, but sometimes collars become lost so you want to make sure that your pet is properly identified. That is where a microchip comes in handy. A microchip is a way to ensure that your pet finds their way back home.

Watch for allergies:
Pet can get seasonal allergies just like we do.

  • Is your dog scratching more?
  • Is his/her skin red?
  • Are their ears dirtier than normal? Or smell?
  • Are their tear stains darker?
  • Are they licking their paws more?

These can all be signs of allergies. When the seasons change, these symptoms can come on hard.

Watch for overheating:
Some breeds can handle the heat better than others. However, no matter what breed your dog is, you need to make sure they will not overheat. Make sure that they have access to plenty of water for hydration and provide them with shaded places to rest and relax. Above all else you should never leave your dog alone in your car. The interior can become much hotter than the exterior because of the absorbed sunlight and can be fatal to your dog. If you do see a dog in a hot car please call your local animal control or 911.