Ask people their favorite season and many will say spring. There is much to love about spring. The spring months are neither too hot nor too cold. Flora and fauna thrive in spring.
Spring can, however, be a challenging time for pet owners.
As the weather warms up, ticks become active. Pets, especially dogs, are vulnerable to these critters that are known to spread deadly diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. During spring, dogs are also at high risk of heartworm disease that can impact their heart and lungs.
As the weather gets pleasant, your furry friend would want to spend more time exploring the outdoors. Follow these tips from a local dog kennel boarding service to keep your pet healthy and safe during spring.
Visit Your Veterinarian If Your Pet Has Seasonal Allergies
Pets, just like humans, can have allergies. Pets can get allergic to pollen, grass, flowers, or dander. If your furry friend exhibits allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and scratching, visit your veterinarian.
The professional will run several tests to confirm whether your four-legged friend has seasonal allergies. If the animal tests positive for allergies, your vet will administer the appropriate treatment.
Protect Your Dog Against Heartworms
Treating heartworm is more expensive and time-consuming than preventing it. Also, heartworm treatment can be hard on your pet. To prevent heartworms from infecting your dog, visit your vet regularly for routine health checkups.
Give your furry friend an FDA-approved preventive medicine. Since heartworms are spread through mosquito bites, it pays to keep your home and surrounding areas clean. Use a pet-friendly insecticide in your yard for pest control.
Protect Your Pets From Flea and Tick
Ticks and fleas do not just cause discomfort to dogs, but can also transmit dangerous diseases. Talk to your vet about the right flea and tick prevention product (can be a tick spray, flea-and-tick shampoo, or tick collar) for your four-legged friend. Regularly check different areas of your pet’s body such as armpits and ears for fleas and ticks.
Keep your yard clean all year round. Keep your dog away from tick and flea-infested areas. If you suspect your dog is carrying ticks and fleas, spread diatomaceous earth, baking soda, or borax on your carpet to prevent pests from infesting.
Get Your Pet Groomed
Pets such as dogs and cats shed their fur during spring. To manage shedding, regularly bathe, and brush your furry friend. This will also help you monitor the health of your pet’s skin and coat. If you want to pamper your four-legged friend, take it to a dog kennel near you for a relaxing and luxurious bath.
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