How to Get Your Dog Ready for a Healthy and Happy Springby Coach Lilly 3.15.16
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer—spring is on its way!
After being cooped up all winter or having to wear little dog booties and sweaters to go out on icy walks through the neighborhood, your dog is probably anxious to get outside and play in the sun.
But as wonderful as springtime can be for you and your pet, there are some tips you can follow to make sure that your dog stays healthy and happy this spring. Here are some things to think about:
Visit the Vet
Consider taking your dog to the vet for a general check-up. It’s a good idea to make sure your dog’s vaccinations and other shots are up-to-date. That way you know your dog is starting the season with optimum health.
This helps get rid of dead hair and dandruff. Brushing your dog will also help you prevent your dog’s hair from getting snarled and matted. You can go to a professional groomer or get a brush and regularly brush your dog at home.
If you and your dog found yourselves spending most of the freezing winter in hibernation, start ramping up your walk routine so that your dog can shed some of that winter weight. This is a great chance for dog owners to tone up for spring too! Before you let your dog run free in the yard, here’s a quick checklist to make sure your dog stays safe outdoors:
- Check your yard to make sure there are no holes in the fence where your dog could wriggle out. You also want to be sure that there are no harmful chemicals, fertilizers, weed killers, or ice melts lying around where your dog could eat or roll in them.
- Have a defense plan against mosquitos, ticks, fleas, heartworms, etc.
- Check your dog’s leash and collar. If they are frayed, it may be time for a replacement.
- Make sure your dog’s identification tags are up-to-date.
- Make sure your dog has safe toys to play with. Sticks are not the best toy—the sharp ends could hurt your dog’s mouth. Use a Frisbee or other toy instead, maybe even one of the sporty toys available here on DoggieNation.
Besides making sure your dog is getting enough exercise, do a quick check-in with your dog’s diet. If your dog is overweight, talk to your veterinarian about safe ways to help her slim down. Staying at a healthy weight is important for dogs to avoid injury and sickness, and also helps them have the energy they need to live a full, happy life.
If you follow these steps, you and your dog will be prepared for a fun and fantastic spring!
Did we miss anything? What are your best tips for keeping your dog healthy and happy in the spring weather? Please share your comments below!