Health tips for dogs during spring
Most of us, dog parents, love spring because we get to spend a lot of time in the outdoors playing fetch and running with our furbabies while enjoying the warming weather and all the lovely smells coming from the blooming flowers and the flowering trees.
Our pups also enjoy spring, because they get to release some of the energy that they’ve stored during the winter months and they get the chance, yet again, to run wild all day long.
While all these activities sound extremely fun and relaxing for both dogs and humans, we must keep in mind that warmer days might come with some certain health concerns, that all dog parents must be aware of when they go out with their pups. Here are some tips that you should follow this season if you want to have a healthy pup.
Watch out for mosquitoes
There are parts of the country where mosquitos are a real problem all year long. But in others, they reappear once the winter is gone and the warm weather is returning. It is extremely important to know that these tiny annoying creatures might also carry some diseases.
While some serious illnesses such as malaria and the West Nile virus have long been eradicated from the US (although some of them are showing a return here and there) there are others that can still be carried by mosquitos. One of these is the Heartworm disease, which is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria, which can be transmitted to dogs and cats by mosquitos.
So, if you want to have a healthy puppy, make sure you give Spike preventive medication before you let him run wild.
Make sure his vaccinations are up to date
Speaking of preventive medication, you should also make sure that your pup’s vaccinations are up to date before you let him have fun with other dogs in the park. When he gets in contact with strange pups, Spike will be exposed to some very dangerous infectious diseases, especially during spring and summer months.
But if you take him to the vet and if he gets his shots, the risk of contracting one of these diseases is highly reduced. Therefore, we urge you to visit your vet before going out for long walks with your furbaby.
Be careful what plants you choose to decorate your yard with
Believe it or not, some plants and even flowers are actually quite poisonous for Spike. Lilies, Azaleas, Tulips, and others will cause your dog an upset stomach and vomiting if ingested and some of them will even cause some serious health problems that may result in death. So, you need to be really careful about the flowers that you plant in your yard.
Watch out for ticks
We cannot stress enough the troubles that ticks might cause if they get to bite Spike. They are especially dangerous during spring because they’re very aggressive after the winter’s hibernation. You should always ask your vet what is the right way to prepare for the “tick season” when spring starts. Also, this article might help.
Spring is a wonderful time, for both humans and dogs alike. If you follow our tips, you’ll make sure that Spike gets to live a happy and pleasant season.