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8 Tips to Prepare Your Dog For Spring

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
5 months ago

It’s almost time to spring into the new season!  The renewed warmth and longer days mean more time outside.  

As you spring clean your home and break out the warm weather gear, don’t forget to do a little spring check of your furry friend’s belongings to make sure he is set for outdoor weather.  

Here are some tips to help you prepare your dog for the upcoming season.

  1. Brush brush brush

Spring is shedding season!  As we prepare to pack away our winter coats, so do our dogs.  If you haven’t been brushing your dog’s coat regularly, start now.

Brushing your dog’s coat regularly will keep it healthy by removing excess fur and dead skin cells.  It will also keep shedding under control and minimize excess hair in your home.

Regularly maintaining your dog’s coat is also a way to find ticks, lumps, or skin irritations before they become serious.

  1. Use flea and tick prevention

Everybody loves springtime, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, all of which will soon be out in force!

Now is the time to make sure your dog is up-to-date on his flea and tick preventative medications.

There are several new flea and tick preventatives available.  Ask your vet which is the safest option for your dog.

If you took a break from heartworm preventative during the winter months, chances are your vet will want to have your dog tested for heartworm before starting him on heartworm prevention.

Pet insurance may cover part or all of the cost of your spring visit to the vet’s office.  PetFirst offers Routine Care Coverage which helps with the cost of vet check-ups and other proactive health visits.

 

  1. Spring clean your dog’s bedding

It’s a good time to clean your dog’s bedding and blankets.  This will remove any fur, dander, and bacteria that has accumulated during the winter months.

Use a mild detergent.  You can add vinegar to the rinse cycle for softness.  Skip the dryer sheet, as it coats the fabrics with chemicals that are toxic to pets.

Remember to wash your pup’s bedding at least every three months to kill any flea eggs and parasites.

It’s also a good idea to clean all of your pet’s toys and clothing periodically if he has been exposed to allergens.

 

  1. Check your dog’s leash and collar

Check your dog’s leash and collar for signs of wear and tear.  If either one is fraying, it’s a good time to replace it.

Assess collars and harnesses for fit. Did your dog gain a little winter weight?  If so, his collar or harness might be just a bit tight.

 

  1. Make sure all information is up-to-date

Most states require dogs over the age of four months to be registered yearly.  This usually requires that you show proof of rabies vaccination.

This is an excellent time to make sure your dog is current on all his vaccinations.  You can ask your vet when you get a copy of his rabies vaccination certificate.

Remember to check and make sure your furry friend has an ID tag with your current phone number and cell phone number printed on it.

If your dog is microchipped, it is a good idea to check with the microchip company to be sure all information is current in their database.

 

  1. Keep a file on your pet

If you don’t already have one, put together a file on your pet’s medical information and history.

Include your pet’s preventative treatments including flea, tick, and heartworm, as well as all vaccinations.

This will help you keep current on your dog’s veterinary wellness needs year round.

  1. Clean with caution

As you spring clean your home and yard, make sure to keep all cleaners, chemicals, and lawn treatments out of paw’s reach.

Cleaning products contain chemicals that are toxic to pets.  Even “natural” products can be harmful to your pet. Follow all label directions on cleaning products for safe use and storage.

For more detailed information, see the ASPCA Poisonous Household Products page and also our post on Poison Proofing your Kitchen.

 

  1. Garden with care

While the ingredients in many fertilizers, mulch, and pesticides may help your lawn grow lush and green, they can be dangerous to your pet if ingested.  

As with any chemicals, follow the label directions and always store them out of your pet’s way.

When deciding what to plant in your garden, take a look at ways to keep poisonous plants away from your pet. 

Now that you are ready to prep your pooch for warmer weather, get out there and enjoy it together!

 

If your pet does suffer an illness or accident, you can count on PetFirst to be here for you. Get a quote today!

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