It’s a good time to start prepping your pup for Spring as the warmer weather approaches. The warmer weather means more time for fun outdoors! As with every seasons there are things you need to do keep your furry friend healthy and safe.
Free from fleas and ticks It’s time to start administering flea and tick preventatives if your dog is not on a year-round regimen. Whether you use popular treatment or a chemical-free treatment, be sure your pets are protected. If you are hiking with your furry friend or playing outside, check your dog’s entire body for ticks so they can be removed immediately.
Heartworm Again, if your dog is not taking a heartworm preventative year-round, it’s time to make an appointment with your Vet to make sure your dog is free from heartworm before a prescription can be written for preventatives.
Sunburn Dogs can still get sunburns even with all that fur. Usually, the most vulnerable places are around the ears and nose where the fur tends to be thinner.
It’s best to plan your outdoor adventures with your furry friend for early or later in the day.
Paw Pads While dog’s paws are pretty tough, they are still susceptible to hot temperature and sharp objects. Take this into consideration when planning your walks. It is good to use a moisturizing paw balm on a regular basis.
Safety You can purchase a first aid kit for your dog or make one yourself. The American Red Cross also has an app for your phone called “Pet First Aid” for a convenient reference.
Hydration Keep your dog hydrated! Bring extra water with you anytime you plan on spending time outdoors with your dog. A good habit to follow is to give your pup a drink everytime you stop to take a sip.
Plants & Flowers The beautiful gardens we get to experience in the Spring can be hazardous to your pets. Whether these plants are outside or they are the fresh flowers you bought or cut to brighten your home, keep your pets away from them. Following are the 16 most common poisonous plants for your dog: Sago Palm, Tomato Plant, Aloe Vera, Ivy, Amaryllis, Gladiola, American Holly, Daffodil, Baby’s Breath, Milkweed, Castor Bean, Azalea/Rhododendron, Tulip, Crocuses, Bluebells, Chrysanthemum, Begonia, Oleander.
Chocolate Contains theobromine, a stimulant similar to caffeine, and poisonous to dogs.
Grapes/Raisins/Currants/Sultanas Can cause kidney failure in dogs. No amount is considered safe for dogs.
Xylitol Is an artificial sweetener used in many sugar-free and diet foods. Dogs are extremely sensitive to xylitol.
If your dog does ingest any of the above plants or any other toxic plant, or toxic food call Animal Poison Control 888-426-4435.
Black Widows, Brown Recluse, and Tarantula These spider bites can be deadly to
dogs. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your dog was bitten. Your dog can be bitten by all kinds of bugs. Although they may not be as dangerous as the three mentioned above, you should always call your veterinarian if you suspect your dog was bitten by anything.
Slug and Snail Pellets These are among the most common and dangerous poisonings. Slugs and snails are most active during warm humid weather. If you know or suspect your dog has ingested either of these pellets call your veterinarian immediately.
Anti-histamines The warm weather brings with it a higher pollen count. When stocking up on your anti-histamines, be sure to keep them out of reach of your furry friends. Again, these are highly toxic to dogs and you should call your veterinarian immediately if your dog has ingested your anti-histamines.
Fencing Check your fencing. Check the gates and potential cracks in the fence as well as holes where your pup can dig his or her way out.
Grooming Set up your salon at home or schedule an appointment with their groomer for a wash, trim, and nail trim. Keep your dog’s ears and teeth clean-following the advice of your veterinarian. Remember to brush your pup regularly.
Spring Cleaning Wash and refresh your furry family member’s bedding. Clean their toys avoiding harsh chemicals. Repair toys that need, and can be repaired. If not, discard them. Keep your dog’s bowls and placemats clean. Check the dates on the dog treats and toss those with expired “use by” dates.
Dog Fashion Update your dog’s wardrobe with a new spring collar. While you’re at it, make sure their ID is up to date and legible.
Summer Fun! As things open up this spring and summer, plan a weekend getaway with your furry travel buddy. Spend lots of time outdoors giving yourself and your furry buddy plenty of fresh air and exercise.