Here are some tips to help your dog transition from winter to spring.
1. Take you dog to the veterinarian at least once per year. Just like their human caretakers, pets need an annual checkup too, and some should probably be going in twice per year as they age to keep them in the best condition.
2. Control fleas and ticks. Don’t just let the cute puppy on the television ads influence your buying decisions. Talk to your veterinarian about what products are best for your pets, your environment and your situation. Keeping those bugs off your pets will keep your pets healthier.
3. Brush the dog. As the weather warms up, you’ll want to keep your dog’s coat in tip-top condition with regular brushing. Most dogs shed a little all year long, and some “blow” their coats twice a year which takes even more brushing. Brushing is good for bonding and helps their coats look better too.
4. Heartworm. This disease is spread by mosquitoes and with the milder winters, there is potential to have record numbers of the pesky blood suckers. Talk to your veterinarian about prevention products and what will work best for your pets.
5. Road trip. Some dogs love the traveling and some are not so keen on it. Practice by taking your dog on short trips and see how they do, and then expand to broader travel horizons. If your dog is anxious or gets motion sickness, talk to your veterinarian about options and solutions.
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