Get Your Dog Ready for Spring

by on 02/03/11 at 10:36 am

When the winter season finally give way to warmer temperatures and more sunshine that one can actually feel, comes as good news to your family and especially your dog. Particularly if you have spent the colder months cooped up in the house with little opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, the opportunity to return to parks and other activities is certainly welcome. That is why it’s important to make sure everybody is ready for the shift in temperature, including your four-footed friends.

If you feel your dog needs a quick check-up – not a bad idea if there hasn’t been much opportunity for exercising in the winter – make an appointment with your veterinarian for a clean bill of health. A trip to the groomers for a weather appropriate trim may also be in order, followed by a trip to your favorite pet supplies shop for a new ball or toy to take to the dog park.

With more exposure to the outdoors, this brings with it the higher risk for fleas and ticks. Before you make regular trips to the dog park a habit, be sure you have protection in order – be it a special collar or medication to keep the nasty pests away. Also when outdoors, note that some plants and fertilizers are toxic to dogs when swallowed. Since you are likely to see neighbors preparing their lawns for the warmer months, you may wish to do a survey of the area to see if there are spots your dog should avoid for his safety.

Make spring with your dog a happy and healthy one. Be ready for the new season, and you’ll enjoy the time spent playing with your pet.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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