The spring is just around the corner and it’s time to prepare your dog for the new season. Warmer weather means more walks and playing in the park, but it also means allergies and parasites. And, let’s not forget that your pup has been more lazy and sleepy over the winter months and has probably grown its hair.
Of course, there are more things to take care of before the sunny days arrive. Read on to see how to prepare your dog for spring easily.
- Schedule a Vet Checkup
You want to make sure your pooch enters the springtime in good health and prepared for the warm sunny days. That’s why you need to schedule a checkup at your vet. They’ll fully examine your dog and make sure they are healthy and fully immunized for the upcoming allergies and increased chance of parasites.
- Seasonal Allergies
Speaking of allergies, dogs can often suffer from seasonal allergies, including pollen, grass, flowers, or plants. The symptoms mostly include reddish watery eyes, recurring sneezing, hives on the skin, and often scratching. If you notice any of them, your dog is most probably allergic to something. In that case, you need to take them to the vet. They will suggest proper treatment so that your pooch gets through the spring without any health issues.
- Get Ready for the Parasites
Parasites and most of the pests are inactive during the winter and wake up in spring. From fleas and ticks to heartworms and mosquitos, your dog can be attacked by any pest. What makes them dangerous is that they can cause digestive issues, damage their skin, and even bring diseases like Lyme and Ehrlichia. That’s why you need to protect your dog in advance by getting pest prevention medicine. To make sure you use the right pest prevention medicine, consult with your vet.
- Grooming Time
Springtime is cleaning time and you need to make sure your dog looks nice and clean. Yup, that means grooming! From nail cutting to de-shading, you need to get your dog back in shape.
You can take your dog to professional groomers or groom them at home depending on your dog. If you decide to groom your dog at home, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and know what you’re doing.
- Check Your Dog’s Collar and Leash
Now that the weather is warm, you’ll spend more time outside. That’s why it’s necessary to ensure your dog’s collar is in good shape and has a tag on it. Also, you need to check their leash for any signs of wear and tear. If needed, buy new ones to ensure your dog stays beside you while on a leash.
- Gained Some Weight?
If your dog has gained some weight over the winter months, now it’s time to lose them. So, get out more often and enjoy the warmer weather. Play with your dog in the yard or the nearby park. If needed, go to your vet for a weight check and create a weight loss plan for your dog.