Springtime means warmer weather, longer days, and more time outdoors. But with spring comes certain health concerns – especially for dogs. Dogs tend to spend more time outdoors enjoying the warmer, longer days. And while it’s great to take advantage of the gorgeous weather, spring also comes with a slew of health concerns. Here are some tips to help keep your pup healthy this spring.
Watch for mosquitoes
Depending on where you live, mosquitoes may become more prevalent during the warmer months. Although mosquitoes are annoying in general, they pose a health concern for dogs. Some mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease – a potentially fatal disease in dogs.
Make sure you give your pup heartworm preventative medication each month. Ideally, you should give them the medication year-round to ensure they are fully protected, but it is especially important during the warmer months.
Ticks and fleas
In addition to mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are more prominent in the spring. Since dogs are spending more time outdoors, they are more susceptible to ticks and fleas. Ensure your pup stays flea and tick free by providing preventative medication. There are many products available – from collars to topical medication to pills – so check with your veterinarian to find the best one for your dog.
Get into the habit of checking your pup for ticks regularly. Ticks like to make their home around the head, ears, neck and chest. Depending on your dog’s coat, you make have to feel around for them.
Take a trip to the vet
Spring is a great time to ensure your pup is up-to-date on their vaccinations. Since the weather is nicer, dog to dog contact increases (hello, dog park!), making dogs more susceptible to health issues like kennel cough – also known as an upper respiratory infection.
Plant a garden – safely
Many humans like to start gardens in the spring, but making sure to choose plants or flowers that are safe for dogs is a must. This goes for bulbs, too, as many dogs love to dig! Make sure any fertilizers or mulches are non-toxic to pups as well.
Some common household cleaners can be toxic to dogs. During your own spring cleaning, make sure to throw away any potentially harmful cleaners and replace them with pet-safe ones. Your pups nose and health will thank you!
Keeping these health tips in mind will ensure you and your pup get to enjoy the spring months. It’s far easier to prevent a problem than to treat it. Now get out there and enjoy that springtime weather!
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