Spring Health Tips

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Spring is a great time of the year for dogs – they finally get to spend more time running around outside. After being cooped up over the long winter months, they can take advantage of the longer, warmer days to release all of their pent up energy. However, Spring comes with its own health concerns, so take a moment to ensure that your pet is ready for the season’s impending changes.

Mosquitoes are becoming more active.

As our climate continues to warm up as the years go on, mosquitoes are remaining active. Despite this fact, some pet owners forget to administer heartworm preventatives in the winter. Spring is a good time to make sure that your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on his heartworm preventative medication.

Make sure that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.

Dog to dog contact increases a lot in the spring and continues on into the summer months. Your dog is exposed to more infectious diseases during this time of year, so it’s important that you check and make sure that his or her vaccinations are up to date.

Select plants that are safe for dogs.

When you’re choosing your Spring bulbs, make sure that you are aware of which are toxic to dogs. Some big ones to avoid include hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies.

When starting your Spring cleaning, keep chemicals out of reach.

Our dogs can be mischievous little creatures. Make sure that you are following the instructions as they are posted on the label. Whether you are using the product or storing it, always make sure that your pet cannot reach it.