Spring is here and while that can mean fun adventures, it can also mean health issues for you and your dog. While we love to watch our dogs have a great time, there are also a lot of issues that can come up. You need to be prepared for the health problems that may pop up as spring comes into blossom. Here are some things to look out for and some tips to keeping your pup healthy.
The month of May brings us a lot of spring showers so we can expect increased amount of mosquitoes. The issue with mosquitoes is that they can transmit heartworm disease to your dog. Your best bet is to be proactive and give your dog preventative medication year round. Be sure your dog is checked for heartworm and getting their medication for it. Remember that is it important to be proactive because heartworm is very expensive and timely to treat later on. So it is easiest to just give them the medication now and not worry later.
Ticks and Fleas
In the springtime, temperatures rise slightly. This combined with wetter weather creates a breeding ground for of these insects. Ticks and fleas also become more common. Every area is different and you may need some extra prevention depending on where you live. Ask your vet what is best for your dog’s breed and needs. Once your dog is infected with the fleas, it is much more difficult to treat than to prevent, so once again it is important to be proactive. There are many different measures you can take, whether it be pills or external medication. You should also check your dog for ticks regularly, since they can spread diseases, especially after you are outside in woody areas. Be sure to check the most common areas, like the head, on the ears, neck, chest and forelegs.
In the spring you may be planting some new items and doing some gardening in your yard. While there are plenty of plants that are totally safe for dogs, you also need to check up on what plants can be dangerous. Avoid these plants in your own yard, but also be sure to look out for them around other areas your dog may be playing in. You should also be aware of the fertilizers and mulch in your yard that can be toxic to dogs.
Spring cleaning is also great for your dog’s health and welfare. Keeping your home and yard clean is a best practice for our health, but also be mindful of the products you’re using. Regarding weed killers, rodent traps and poisons, you want to be sure you’re using products that are not harmful to your pets. Buy items that are safe for pets and also just be aware of your dog licking or getting into any chemicals you are using. Keep them behind a locked or closed cabinet/door.Remember to think about your dogs curiosity when it comes to spring cleaning as well as making sure the standing water is minimal to reduce mosquito breeding. All these tips are shared to remind us what is needed for a healthy dog in all seasons.