Is Your Pet Ready for Spring?

It’s finally starting to feel like spring! The weather is warmer, the flowers are budding and the birds are chirping. Unfortunately, with spring comes some challenges for our pet friends. Get your pet ready for spring with these tips:

  1. Shedding – I know it’s getting warm out when the hair behind my dog Rajah’s ears  starts to look a little thin. Take some time to groom your pet and remove any shed hairs. Regular washes keep your pet clean and your home clean as well. Be careful, you don’t want to bathe them too much or else you will dry out their skin.
  2. Tick and Flea Meds – With warmer weather comes bugs! Make sure your pet is up to date on their tick and flea meds to avoid any potential diseases.
  3. Heartwormer – Along with ticks and fleas, also comes worms; round worms, tape worms etc. Make sure your pet has been dewormed for the season.
  4. Allergies – Just like people, pets can develop allergies as they get older. Watch out for any signs of excessive itching, scratching etc. If you notice anything unusual, take them to the vet for a check up. Better to be safe than sorry!
  5. Vaccines – Make sure your pet is up to date on all their vaccines. This is very important especially if your dog will be interacting with other dogs. My pup Rajah gets her yearly vaccines just before spring so it’s easy for me to remember.
  6. New Toys – Your pet has been inside all winter! They have probably exhausted all their old toys. Surprise them with something new for your next trip to the park!
  7. Travel/Outdoor Kit – Put together a travel kit for your pup so that you will be ready for any situation:
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen – yes, pets do get sunburned
    • Reflector collar
    • Life Vest (only if your pet swims)
    • Cooling vest (if you are pet will be out in the heat for extended periods of time)
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