Spring is a time of new beginnings. Fresh flowers bloom, animals awaken, and it seems like everything is beginning to return to life again. Farmers and gardeners plant their seeds and temperatures begin to rise. Spring is the season of life. However, the extra moisture in the ground from the spring-thawing could mean a wet and annoying spring. Your pets are undoubtedly eager to return to the yard as the weather warms up, but there are some things that you should do as a pet owner before you let them prance around in the sunlight.
Here are four tips for preparing your furry friends for spring:
Take a close look at the yard
Winter can have adverse effects, especially on trees, fences, cable lines, and even wildlife. You don’t want your pet to eat something unfamiliar that could harm them. Therefore, walk around and examine the outdoor areas that you let your pet explore. Take away any fallen branches, pieces of trash, broken wires, and animal carcasses to prevent them from endangering your furry friend.
Warm them up before exercising
Your pet will understandably be eager about getting to go outside from the moment you open the door but if your pet has gained weight during the less active winter months, take things slowly. You don’t want them to overexert themselves just like you wouldn’t jump into a heavy workout when hitting the gym after a six-month break. If you’re planning to go jogging during this time of year, you can bring your pet with you to help them get some exercise but make sure that you warm them up slowly to prevent any activity that may lead to injury.
Be aware of pests
Spring isn’t only the season of life for flowers, plants, and puppies - it wakes the pests up, too! Fleas and ticks can survive extreme winters. Once the cold dies down, they will come back even stronger, bringing irritation and illness for you and your pets. Fleas and ticks can carry parasites that can harm your furry friends. Therefore, it’s necessary to treat them as soon as you notice the first signs.
Heartworm will also become more prevalent at this time of year as the mosquitoes return to town. If you have not yet taken your pet to the vet for preventive treatment, now is a great time to book that appointment.
Prepare for seasonal allergies
Once winter ends, many people begin to exhibit symptoms of spring allergies. People aren’t the only ones who experience this. Pets can experience similar allergy symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and itching. Since pet allergies can be seen through their skin, remember to look for indications that your pet is uncomfortable. Although you can’t prevent pet allergies, you can observe the symptoms. If you pet is showing signs of irritation and allergies, consult with your veterinarian to find the best cure for your pet.
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