5 things you can do to get your dog ready for spring
February 7, 2021
As temperatures slowly rise, and your and your dog will hopefully be spending more time outdoors, our nurse Catherine has come up with a spring checklist of 5 things you can do to get your dog ready for spring:
1. Check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date – Being outdoors more and mixing with other dogs increases your dog’s chances of contracting kennel cough and other contagious diseases if their vaccinations aren’t up to date. Check when they last had their jabs and book an appointment if their 12 months are up. Adult dog vaccines typically give a tapered 3-month immunity (meaning your dog is still protected even if the vaccine is given a little late) but waiting longer can sometimes mean re-starting their vaccination course.
Contact us to check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date.
2. Apply monthly flea & worm treatments – Fleas and worms can be problematic all year round but tend to be more prevalent during spring and summer. Fleas spread quickly and can carry diseases. Worms can harm your pet inside and out, and contracting lungworm can actually be fatal. Protect your dog against these springtime hazards by keeping up to date with monthly flea & worm treatments.
3. Think ticks – Ticks are found mostly in long grass, particularly where deer or sheep roam, and are most active in the spring and summer. Some flea products protect against ticks as well, or you can buy tick-specific products. Ticks can spread Lyme disease and Babesiosis so it’s good to know if the area you’re walking in is high-risk – you can check this online here.
Feel free to ask if you are unsure if your dog would benefit from tick protection and are wondering how to safely remove a tick (never pull a tick straight out).
4. Be allergy aware – Seasonal allergies such as hay fever can make some dogs very unwell. If you spot any of the tell-tale signs we recommend bringing your dog in for a check-up. Canine hay fever symptoms include frequent, repeated sneezing; irritated & itchy eyes (which could also be red or runny); a runny nose; an increase in itching or biting at the skin; excessive scratching resulting in bald or sore patches of skin, and rashes on the paws or face.
5. Take note of toxic plants – You can complete your spring checklist by making sure you’re aware of which plants are toxic to dogs. These include Azalea, Bittersweet, Crocus, Day Lily, Ferns, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Tiger Lily, and Tulip.
If you need to check your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, discuss which flea and worm treatments are best suited to your dog, or want any other advice on spring health concerns, get in touch with our team.