Although it may not feel like the seasons have changed since the drab and dreary winter began, it is in fact the beginning of spring this month. The more observant among you may have found the early mornings brighter when you take your furry friend on their 7am walk, and the sun staying out for longer when you get in from your evening stroll. Officially, spring begins on 20th March this year, and will be around until 19th June.
With the new season comes a new array of ways to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy. Despite the relief of not coming home with a wet pooch each time you take them out for a walk in the rain, there are a host of other things that become more prevalent in the spring.
Here are a few extra things to do this season to ensure that your dog is in tip-top shape!
Ensure That All of Their Medicine is up to Date
Although you should never turn a blind eye to giving your dog the correct treatment and vaccinations throughout the winter, spring is a good time to start anew and ensure that everything is up-to-date.
Nasty critters such as fleas and ticks are extra prevalent as the weather begins to heat up, so make sure that you have the correct medicine to prevent any nasty infestation. It is always best to consult with your vet to ensure that you have the best treatment available for your pooch.
Your dog may also come into contact with other canines more frequently in the park, so double and triple check that all of their vaccinations are up to date. The last thing you want is for them to catch kennel cough or another nasty illness from other animals that they’ve been around.
Also, if you haven’t done so already, ensuring that your dog is microchipped will be a weight off your mind!
Make Sure That You Play with them Safely
You may take your beloved furry friend to the park more frequently, but be aware that throwing a stick could injure your dog – something that no animal lover would want to unknowingly cause! Instead, use a dog-friendly ball or Frisbee so that you can both enjoy your usual game of fetch.
It may also be worthwhile enrolling onto one of our basic dog training classes to ensure your dog knows some commands that will keep them safe while out for walkies.
Don’t forget that the arrival of spring doesn’t necessarily mean that it will never rain again! Keep a towel in your doorway and perhaps in your car to warm their feet and clean their hair if you’ve both been playing in the muddy fields.
Provide Them with a Proper Outdoor Area
If you’re particularly green-fingered, you may find yourself planting more flowers or spending more time outside in the garden. If this is the case, it’s likely that your dog will join you! Just ensure that your garden is dog-friendly to avoid any mishaps.
These tips are all pretty easy to follow but massively worthwhile. After all, science tells us how much joy our dogs give us, so it’s only right that she show them how much they mean to us through proper love and care!
If you’d like any more advice or help looking after your dog throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you have about our dog walking or training and agility classes!