Spring is finally here, and it’s yay! to perfect weather for most people; not as hot as summer and yet not as cold as winter. It’s time to get the nice, colorful dresses out and enjoy the blooms. For dog owners, the usual walk route that was made drab by winter is now scenic, and the occasional spring rain makes everything magical with new life. However, spring presents some problems of its own, not to dampen your spirit, but to keep you worried just enough to make the best moments look even better.

The first problem is allergens, because most plants do well in spring. To deal with this, wash your dog with an appropriate shampoo to remove the allergens. If you suspect your dog has an allergic reaction, take him to the vet to get tested and so that the appropriate medication is prescribed. What you may think is an allergic reaction could be something else altogether.

Spring Problems with Dogs

Spring also means more ticks and fleas. Check your dog often for fleas and ticks since if caught early it’s easier to avoid an infestation as compared to when the parasites have already spread. Another parasite is mosquitoes which are prevalent in some areas, and they transmit heartworm disease. To keep your pet safe, give him preventative medication for heartworm disease early in spring to ensure his optimum health.

Spring brings with it two other great events: spring cleaning and Easter. Keep your dog safe during spring cleaning by using pet friendly cleaners. In addition, make sure you keep all the chemicals away from the dog. As for Easter, enjoy all the chocolates with your human family, but I’m afraid you have to count the canine family out of the fun because chocolate is not healthy for dogs.

Keep your dog away from the garden especially if you are planting plants such as hyacinths and some lilies that can be poisonous to your dog. Gardening equipment as well as fertilizers and chemicals such as pesticides should always be stored out of the dog’s reach.

Since you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Doing so ensures that the dog does not easily catch diseases from other dogs, and your dog also does not spread diseases to others.
Happy Spring!

Spring Problems with Dogs