Today is the first day of Spring, and dogs cannot believe their luck! After been cooped up indoors for the past few months, they can finally enjoy playing outdoors and rejoice in the sense of glorious freedom that Spring invariably brings to the heart of both humans and animals.
But alas, it’s not all sunshine and roses out there. The season comes with its own unique challenges for pets, which is why we’re making a list of 5 things you have to be careful of to keep your dogs healthy and protected during this time of year:
# 1: Watch Out For Mosquitoes!
If you live in a place that is commonly plagued with mosquitoes, keep in mind that these pesky insects become very active as the weather warms up. And with them comes the very real possibility of heartworm disease. If you haven’t protected your pets already with heartworm preventative medication, now’s the time to do it!
# 2: Start Checking For Fleas And Ticks
What also comes with Spring is a fresh onslaught of fleas and ticks. Start taking precautions immediately with whatever anti-flea application works for your dogs. Check them regularly, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors, paying special attention to the head, ears, chest, neck and forelegs.
# 3: Keep Vaccinations Up To Date
Your dogs probably come into more contact with other dogs during Spring, which means their chances of picking up a disease when they go to community parks etc. increases significantly. To prevent things like kennel cough that spread from dog-to-dog contact, make sure all your pet’s vaccinations are up to date.
# 4: Make Gardening Plans With Care
If you’re preparing to start your garden, choose plants carefully. For example, bulbs of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and certain lilies can be toxic for dogs and you don’t want to plant something they can dig up, ingest and then make themselves ill.
# 5: Use Dog Safe Household Cleaning Materials
If Spring cleaning is a big item in your to-do list, check labels on anything you buy to make sure they are pet-safe.