Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Spring:
With Spring fast approaching and Summer on the horizon, there are lots of things that you have to consider before their arrival. Getting your dog ready for the warmer months may not be on your to-do list, but it’s really important that they are included in your preparation. Your dogs need to be kept healthy in mind, body and spirit, so here are a few things to consider to get your dog ready for Spring…
Stop the illnesses:
Seasonal allergies can affect your canine friends just as much as they can affect you, and with Spring on the way there are going to be grass cuttings, high pollen counts, and blossoming trees. All of these factors can cause great discomfort to your dogs, and pets manifest their allergies through their skin, so it’s important to look out for tell-tale signs like excessive scratching or ear troubles, which can be a classic sign of allergies. If your dog begins to show these symptoms, then a visit to the vet for some allergy medication should do the trick!
Keep up with their treatments and injections:
During the Winter months’ fleas are dormant outside, which is great news for your dogs, but as the weather gets warmer, fleas and ticks are going to return, so make sure to keep up with their flea and tick prevention treatments to keep the pests away. With your pets spending more time outdoors as the weather gets warmer, Spring is also a great time to get them microchipped (if you haven’t already done so). If for any reason they become lost, by slipping out of their leads or getting out of the gardens, microchipping is the best way to make sure that you get your dog back to you.
Keep them happy and healthy:
Similar to people, during the Winter months, a dogs change in family activity (i.e. less time spent running about outside and larger food portions) means that they will gain weight. The warmer weather in Springtime is the best opportunity to get your dogs’ back into the best physical shape so that they are happy and healthy for the rest of the year! As well as keeping them physically fit, some of the time you spend with your canine friends should be spend exercising their minds. Play stimulating games like hide and seek with their favourite toys or treats, which will keep them sharp and on top form.