Depending on where you live, mosquitos become more active during spring – and they have the ability to transmit heartworm disease.
Dog owners are advised that heartworm medication should be given all year round as a preventative measure. With our climate becoming warmer, more mosquitoes stay around during the cold season and they remain active for longer periods each year.
However, many owners do not take preventative measures during winter and should take the opportunity during spring to check whether their dog has heartworm disease. It’s in both parties’ interest because treating this disease is a lot more expensive than preventing it.
Ticks and fleas
Dealing with a flea and tick infestation can be a nightmare for dog owners. A host of products are on the market that may help you combat this problem, and consulting your veterinarian is advisable as prevention is once again a far smaller problem than dealing with the nuisance of an infestation.
Owners should get into the habit of regularly checking their dogs for ticks. According to Dogsandticks.com, owners should make sure to check ears, neck, chest and forelegs especially. And, depending on how long and dense the coat of your dog is, it can be easier to feel for ticks, instead of looking for them.
Get those vaccinations up to date
Spring is the season to ensure that your canine’s vaccinations are up to date because dog to dog contact increases rapidly from now on out into the summer months. This makes your dog more susceptible to infectious diseases.
Visits to veterinary clinics always spike during spring owing to kennel cough, otherwise known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis. This is primarily spread through contact with other infected dogs.
Dogs and gardening
If you thought you were the only one that enjoys gardening, think again. Dogs enjoy digging just as much as we do and it’s therefore important to carefully select what you plant in your garden. It’s best to avoid toxic bulbs such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies.
Pesticides and fertilizers also tend to be toxic and should be stored in a shed or locked up in a place that’s inaccessible to your dogs. All in all, it’s generally best to keep your four-legged friends completely out of the garden.
General spring cleaning
There are many household products that are extremely harmful to dogs, so store these in a safe place when you’re not using them and follow instructions carefully to avoid accidents.
And with spring often comes rain as well, which means muddy paws. To dry your dogs’ paws and keep your house and car clean, keep a towel close to outside doors or in the car.
Keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy, and you’re sure to be rewarded by a spring in their step!