Consider taking your dog to the vet for a general check-up. It’s a good idea to make sure your dog’s vaccinations and other shots are up-to-date. That way you know your dog is starting the season with good health.

Get Groomed

This helps get rid of dead hair and dandruff. Brushing your dog will also help you prevent your dog’s hair from getting snarled and matted. You can go to a professional groomer or get a brush and regularly brush your dog at home.

Get Active

If you and your dog found yourselves spending most of the freezing winter in hibernation, start ramping up your walk routine so that your dog can shed some of that winter weight. This is a great chance for dog owners to tone up for spring too! Before you let your dog run free in the yard, here’s a quick checklist to make sure your dog stays safe outdoors:

Check your yard to make sure there are no holes in the fence where your dog could wriggle out. You also want to be sure that there are no harmful chemicals, fertilizers, weed killers, or ice melts lying around where your dog could eat or roll in them.

Have a defense plan against mosquitos, ticks, fleas, heartworms, etc.

Check your dog’s leash and collar. If they are frayed, it may be time for a replacement.

Make sure your dog’s identification tags are up-to-date