Spring Tips for Pet Health

Pet Care Tips for Spring

Prepare pets for spring with grooming, vet checks, flea/tick prevention, allergy care, safe outdoor activities, exercise, and non-toxic cleaning

As the signs of spring begin to emerge, it’s time to make sure your furry friends are ready for the seasonal change so they can enjoy the warmer temperatures and outdoor activities safely. We’ve compiled some helpful tips to assist you in preparing for your pets to enjoy springtime!

Grooming should be a part of regular care in any season, but Springtime means added attention if you have a pet that sheds. Brushing to remove loose hair is essential to stimulate natural oils which keep their skin and coat healthy, and allows for their new seasonal coat to grow in properly. Whether you bathe and brush your pet at home, or schedule a grooming appointment, don’t neglect this important aspect of welcoming the warmer season!

Spring is also a good time to visit your veterinarian for an annual checkup to make sure your pet is up to date with their shots and everything they need to keep them healthy throughout the warmer months. Seasonal changes can also mean adjusting your pets nutritional needs to accommodate their increased activity. Access to fresh clean water is also a must at all times, especially on warm days to prevent dehydration.

As the temperatures begin to warm, flea and tick prevention is essential to protect your pets from insects and parasites which can harm them. There are a number of products on the market and, if you’re not a fan of chemicals, there are natural products such as Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Tag for cats and dogs, which only requires the tag remaining attached to your pets collar. It’s a good idea to keep it on all year round and one tag will last that long. This tag uses a pesticide free technology that works with your pets biological frequency to repel fleas, tick, mosquitos and other biting insects like gnats. It’s safe and effective with no side effects.

Allergies may be an issue your pet faces seasonally and should be addressed. If your pet has watery eyes, a runny nose, is itching or licking frequently and sneezing, it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to explore treatment options. If your pet is allergy prone, hypoallergenic pet wipes are an effective way to remove any topical pollen and allergens from their face, feet and fur, which can also reduce the symptoms of allergic reactions. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is also a way to keep allergens out of your home.

If your pets spent much time indoors during the winter months, spring can be a great time to get excited about spending more time outdoors. It’s important to be mindful of any possible hazards and make sure your yard is secured with a fence and properly latched gate to prevent a possible escape. If you’re venturing out and about, make sure your pet has a secure collar or harness with identification, and a leash that will prevent them from running away.

Regular exercise is essential for your pets mental and physical well-being. That could be a game of fetch in your yard or at the local dog park, or just a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood. No matter what your furry companion’s activity preferences are, make sure they get ample exercise every day and be sure to provide mental stimulation with games and toys to prevent boredom and keep them happily entertained!

Plants are also a concern in spring and any toxic flowering plants such as azaleas and lilies should be kept away from your pets due to being harmful if ingested. Also be cautious around any large bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes and the beach since some dogs are not natural swimmers.

Spring is also a time for pet parents to get cleaning and this is another important area to be mindful of. It’s always a good idea to make sure your cleaning products are naturally safe to use around pets, always properly ventilate when cleaning, and store cleaning products away from your pet’s reach.

With these pet care tips in mind, you can help your fur buddies make the most of the spring by keeping them happy, healthy and safe so they can enjoy the nicer weather and all spring has to offer.

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