Spring can be a great season for your pets. It is nice for them to go outdoors or take a walk around the neighborhood. Dogs enjoy going out during spring, and so do other animals, like squirrels who can go scurrying about in the trees and meadows. That could become dangerous if your dog chases after them and goes into places he's not supposed to. Yes, spring also brings some unexpected dangers for your pets and family.
You should be aware of the things that could harm your dog during this season since it is also a time where your dog might be at a higher risk of contracting diseases. Why? That's because you'll probably find more dogs outside as well. Dogs frequently interact with other dogs, and one infected dog can spread a disease very fast.
There's no reason to be scared, though. You'll just need to be vigilant and do your research. And to make it easier for you, here are a few tips on how to keep your dog healthy during spring.
One of the most important things you should regularly do during spring is to groom your dog. Fleas, ticks, and lice increase in number during the spring season. Regular bathing and brushing of their hair can keep the pest from bothering your dogs, and it also lets you know about any infestation right away. Still, you should always consult with your vet about the current risks your dog might face, considering the area you live in, the activity level of your dog and your schedule.
Dirt and grime also accumulate during the spring season and this can cause itchiness as well. Using shampoo is a good way for your dogs to get the dirt and dust off their fur.
Some parasites can also infect your dog from within his body. The eggs of these worms can be ingested by your pet if they eat the feces of an infected animal. He can also ingest them after eating the grass where the feces used to be.
If the parasites grow and multiply inside the dog, they can cause malnutrition and could lead to death if left untreated. The best way to avoid this is by deworming your dog on a schedule. How often? That will depend on the area you live in and the ongoing risk there. Consult your vet.
If your dog eats junk and interacts with other animals outside, not just dogs, then he's exposed to diseases like rabies or tetanus, which can be very dangerous. Rabies, in particular, can infect your family in the later stages of the disease. That is why vets recommend having your pets vaccinated to prevent infection and transmission.
Once spring arrives, you should also avoid poisonous plants and mushrooms. These grow fast during the season. If your dog lacks proper nutrition, he'll tend to experiment and eat different grasses and plants to acquire the needed nutrients for their body. This is especially true in younger dogs and can lead to food poisoning.
The best way to prevent this is to provide a proper diet and nutrition to your pet.
Always keep in mind the importance of your dog’s mental well-being since a happy dog tends to be a healthy dog. Include your pet in your family activities. Go jogging in the park, play fetch, or swim near the beach. These stimulating activities can help the overall mental and psychological health of your dog, even more so if he is recovering from a recent illness or disease.
Outdoor activity also helps diminish the pent-up energy that your pet has been saving during the winter.
After a long and cold winter, spring is the season when the plants bask in the sun and grow. Spring is associated with new life and fertility, but for your beloved pet to properly enjoy the splendor of this season, you have to take a bit of extra care.
If this is your first dog or if you've moved to a new area, be sure to ask your vet about any potential risks you might need to consider.
The outdoors will always have some dangers, but the overall happiness that your pet and your family can receive cannot be replaced by any indoor activity. So go out and enjoy!