Dog Tips: Spring With Man’s Best Friend

With a winter that has seemingly lasted forever and a day, most of us are ready to embrace spring with open arms. When living life with dogs, a reminder of spring concerns and healthcare tips is important.  While some of these tips are dependent upon your pet’s health, individual preferences, and your location, they should still be considered and/or discussed with your vet.

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Spring Concerns for Dogs

  • Spring is a buggy season – many things bloom in the spring, including insect life. Fleas, ticks, and heart worm disease can all begin plaguing the dog population in the spring. If you spend a lot of time outside with your dog, particularly in wooded areas, you have got to start thinking about this issue. Your vet can provide more details about when to begin preventative measures.
  • New plant life blooms – bugs aren’t the only living things to make an appearance during the spring months, many trees and plants are in bloom as well. After a winter of nothing but snow to snack on while out on a walk, these plants can bring new temptations. Discourage your dog from consuming these items, and familiarize yourself with items that can be poisonous or harmful to your pets.  Sticks that surface as the snow melts can also pose an additional choking hazard. These dry up and splinter, and can lodge in a dog’s throat if they are playing with or chewing on them.
  • Animals are out for the first time – even pet owners find themselves spending more time inside during the cold, snowy winter months. Of course, exercising their pets is probably still on their winter agenda, but big outings may not be as frequent. This means that come spring, you’ll find more people out in provincial parks, hiking trails, dog parks, and other public pet-friendly areas. This is the time to be more cautious around strange dogs, as their excitement level is high, and their socialization skills may have declined. For the safety of yourself and your own animals, proceed with caution and ensure that you communicate with other pet owners before making contact.
  • Your own yard may be hazardous – things can change over the winter, particularly when there is thawing and freezing occurring. This could mean that structures in your backyard could have changed, including fences and decks. Inspect all areas of your yard for hazards, like loose boards and nails. Also verify that there are no new gaps in your fence that could allow your dog to escape.

The changing seasons bring a number of concerns for pet owners, and they can extend far beyond those mentioned above. Share your essential tips for ensuring that your pets are healthy and happy – like these dogs that just can’t handle spring!

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