Spring is here, the weather is getting nice and warm, so it’s time to get your pet prepared for the new season. Here is a list to help.
Coat Care and Health Care
Everybody knows that shedding increases in the springtime. Brushing your pets coat regularly will help keep the shedding under control. The dead hair and dandruff are easily removed, so the coat gets a new and fresh look. Use a brush with soft bristles that massage the skin and loosen up dry skin. After brushing, wash their coat, clean his ears and trim his nails. Heartworm medicines are critical for the health of your pet during the warmer months, especially in the summer which is the mosquito season. Don’t forget about prevention medicines for fleas and ticks. They are very hard to get rid of once they are already on your pet’s coat. Ticks have their peak breeding in April, May and June.
Clean and Safe Environment
You should also clean your dog’s bedding. A mild detergent or some vinegar should be enough to get rid of the fur, dander and bacteria that are built up over the cold season.
Getting Ready for Outdoor Activities
Spring is perfect to share your favorite activities with your canine best friend. You can go for a hike, take a jog, or any other type of activity that both of you will enjoy. If your dog has been cooped up all winter, he may be a little confused when you take him to crowded places. Feed him with treats frequently so he gets used to the new environment and remains calm. If you notice he becomes frightened, take him out of the area for a short break and then come back again. If you go for a swim, make sure you expose your dog to water slowly so he can get used to the idea. Let him explore the water on his own and give him treats for moving deeper. Let him move out of and away from the water if he wants to.
Getting Ready for Long Trips
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for vacations, so your dog needs special training to better handle changes. Take short car rides with your dog around your town to get him used to the car before going on a long trip. Plan frequent breaks for relaxing and going to the bathroom.
Now that you know what steps to follow for preparing your dog for spring and summer, all you must do is enjoy each moment you spend with your furry friend.