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
Take your dog to the
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.
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.
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.