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Preparing your Pet for Spring

Why this is important?

Spring is coming!  As the weather turns warm you and your pets are going to want to spend more time outside.  Before you let your pets bask in the sun it’s a good idea to make sure your pet is ready.  Here are some things you might want to consider before you get in the swing of spring…

Grooming

Fluffy and Fido still have their winter coats.  As the weather warms they’re going to start shedding like crazy.  To combat large fur balls littering your floor brush your pets more regularly.

If either Fluffy or Fido has a particularly long or thick coat it might be time for a trip to the groomer.  Groomers can brush out the much of your pet’s winter coat.  A well groomed coat makes sure that Fluffy and Fido won’t over heat, and that your floor won’t be covered in fur.

Allergies

Did you know that your pet can suffer allergies just like you can?  Your pets can be allergic to pollen and some plants during the spring.  Here are some symptoms to look out for: running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing.  If you notice any symptoms it’s time to talk to your vet.

Vet Visit

The spring is also a good time to schedule your pet for a check-up.  The vet can give you a good idea of your pet’s health and make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to day.  Also, your vet can give you advice on your pet’s diet and the type of exercise they need after the winter.

Heart Worms
Mosquitos will soon be making an appearance.  These little pests spread heart worms to cats and dogs.  While you’re at the vet you can have your pet de-wormed and talk to the vet about precautions you can take against other pests and worms.

Exercise

It’s time to start exercising outside again!  Make sure you take it slow – don’t expect Fido to be able to run a marathon after a winter inside.  Take it slow when returning to outdoor exercise.  Start with walks and short rounds of fetch.  As the spring moves toward summer you can increase intensity and frequency of exercise.  This way your pup won’t get injured.

For more information on prepping your pet for spring (including information of flea control) check out the following links:

http://www.pethealth.com.au/Page/spring-care-of-pets
http://blog.hartz.com/preparing-your-pet-for-spring/

How to Prepare Your Dog For Spring


http://www.whenpoochcomestoshove.com/preparing-dog-tick-season/

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