Special Spring Pet Wellness Tips
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
If you want your pet to be happy and healthy this spring, focus on these potential problems:
- Many dogs suffer from spring allergies as much as people do. If your dog scratches or licks its paws excessively, or if it seems as if it has breathing difficulties, take it to the vet for allergy treatment. It is uncomfortable and will not go away on its own. The vet might recommend weekly baths with antibacterial shampoo or sprays with such a coat spray. If the problem persists, a special diet might even be necessary.
- Ticks and fleas become more active when the warmer weather arrives. Consult your vet for an appropriate long-lasting anti-tick and flea agent.
- If you dress your dog in a jersey during winter, buy it something thinner to wear for spring until the temperature rises enough. You cannot rip the jersey off before it has properly warmed up.
- Start your dog's spring exercise program as slowly as you start your own. You both could be potentially unfit and may need a slow warm-up.
- Brush your pet daily, and even twice daily, while they shed their thick winter coats. Your allergy-prone relatives will thank you for the lack of hair around the house, but animals also feel itchy when they carry a lot of dead dry hair. That is why they scratch and roll around carpets and grass.
- Excessive bathing ruins the natural oils in furry coats, but spring is one of the best times of the year for a bath. If your pet is a bit smelly after the winter, wait until it is warm enough and bath it with a special dog shampoo. Do not use human shampoo or house cleaning fluids. Brush them properly afterwards to remove all the loose hair.
- Take care of your pets’ paws. Wash your dog's paws after every walk until you think the roads are clear of salt and other chemicals. If you use herbicides and pesticides on your lawn as a spring treatment, keep your pets off the lawn for a few days. Alternatively, wash their paws a few times every day.
- Plan your spring garden carefully. Many common household plants are toxic to animals, and some can cause kidney failure, convulsions and cardiac arrhythmia within hours. You should ideally ensure that you have none of these in your garden. Alternatively, plant the toxic plants together and fence off that flower bed. Many universities' veterinary departments have lists of toxic plants. You can also make a list of the plants you would prefer in your garden and take it to your vet and your nursery to consult.
Happy pets are very rewarding.