It's now definitely spring, and we have no doubt that your dog is totally thrilled. Spring means new plants and growth to check, new critters to discover (and chase), and more walks and time outside with their human!
But as a good puppy parent, there are some things that you definitely need to keep in mind during the season change.
Pay Attention To Allergies
Dogs can have allergies just like humans (we're all mammals after all), and they get just uncomfortable as we do. Allergies usually show up in dogs as a form of skin irritation or inflammation called contact dermatitis, and the poor things can get pretty itchy!
You can treat allergies in dogs with Benadryl - consult your vet as to the amount that's advisable for your pup - but it is also helpful to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in his or her diet, which can trigger inflammation. And like humans, it can help to reduce the amount of the potential allergens by changing air filters, washing your linens, and being extra-thorough when you dust and vacuum.
Do Your Spring Cleaning Carefully!
While it's certainly a good idea to clean and refresh your house, garage, garden, yard, and anything else that could use a good deep scrub, make sure that you use cleaners and fertilizers that won't hurt your pets. You never know what your puppy might get into - or eat - so make sure any cleaning products and their residue are relatively harmless. May we suggest checking out our tips for spring cleaning without chemicals?
An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure
The old adage is true when it comes to protecting your dog from heartworm and issues with fleas, ticks, and other creepy-crawlies that he or she may encounter in the spring. While these things can be an issue year-round, they are especially problematic in the spring, so be sure your dog's treatments and vaccinations are up to date.
In addition, spring means longer walks and perhaps more time spent at the park, where your dog can encounter and interact with other pups who may not be as healthy, or may not be vaccinated. Therefore, a visit to the vet for a check up before the outdoors season is full swing might be in order.
Ramp Things Up Slowly
Spring means an increased amount of time spent outdoors, which often means increased activity levels and more exercise for dogs and humans alike. And like you, your dog may need to work up and train for long hikes, walks, and runs. This is doubly true if your dog is on the older side, so avoid potential injuries by ramping up the activity levels at a pace your boy or girl is comfortable with.
Spring is a fabulous time of year for your pup, so make sure that they - and you - can enjoy it to the best of their abilities!