Mar 15, 2023 | By, For Pet's Sake
Keeping your dog healthy this spring
As winter fades away and spring begins to bloom, our pets may experience some unique changes. From seasonal allergies to the introduction of pests, it’s important for dog owners to be aware of potential issues that could arise when the weather warms up. Here’s a look at some key pet concerns as you “spring” into a new season.
Allergies and parasites
During the warmer months, your pup may become more vulnerable to environmental allergens like pollen or grass. These allergens can cause skin irritation and persistent itching, so be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of inflammation on your pup’s body. Additionally, fleas and ticks are more active during springtime — they thrive in warmer temperatures due to increased humidity levels — so regular grooming is essential in order to protect your pup from parasites. If you notice any fleas or ticks on your pet, take them to the vet immediately for treatment.
Risks from outside activity
As we move into springtime, many of us are eager to spend more time outdoors with our furry friends. But when taking your pup outside for walks or playtime, there are a few risks that you should consider before heading out on an adventure. Additionally, due to the overwhelming presence of pollen during this season, it’s important that you monitor how much time your pup spends outdoors; otherwise, they could develop respiratory problems later down the line.
Cleaning up the yard
As spring arrives, it is important to clean up your yard from any debris that may have been left over from winter. Be sure to check for any dangers such as broken branches or glass that may have ended up in the yard.
The warmer temperatures bring about an increase in pests such as mosquitoes, flies and other insects. You can look into pest control services offered by local companies so that your home and yard are free of pests throughout the entire season. Additionally, there are natural pest repellents available at most pet stores if you prefer not to use chemical-based products around your dog.
Vaccines can help protect your pup against certain diseases by strengthening their immune system against foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Depending on where you live — as well as what activities you plan on doing with your pup — check with your veterinary professional about what vaccinations are recommended for both indoors and outdoor activities this spring season. This may include vaccinations for leptospirosis (a bacterial infection that can spread through soil or water) or distemper (a viral disease).
As winter winds down and spring blooms forward, our pups will likely experience some unique changes due to shifting temperatures and conditions outside our home walls. It’s important for dog owners to stay informed about these potential pet concerns so that we can be prepared if any health issues arise along the way! By understanding seasonal allergies, monitoring outdoor activity risks and staying up-to-date on vaccination schedules, we can keep our four-legged friends happy and healthy throughout the year!
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