pets in spring

How to Prepare Your Pet for Spring?

How to Prepare Your Pet for Spring?
1. Check your yard.
As the weather warms up and the rain stops, your pet will be eager to finally get out of the house and spend more time outdoors. But the winter weather may have taken a toll on the state of your yard. Wind and rainstorms may have brought in debris and trash which may pose danger to your pet when they are playing around. Additionally, rain may have loosened up and washed away dirt beneath fences, which may give your pets an easier opportunity to dig their way out and escape. Make sure to clean and inspect your yard, ensuring it is in proper condition for the safety of your pets.
2. Exercise.
During the winter, the physical activity of your pets has most likely decreased due to staying indoors. This inactivity due to the colder weather has likely caused your pet to gain weight and lose some muscle ability. Although it is important to get your pet back to their former and healthy self, suddenly jumping right back into more intense activities may cause some pain or injuries. You might be excited to take your pet on a mountain hiking trail, an extended walk for miles that lasts for miles, or a day of intense games and activities at the park. Your pet will most likely be equally as excited to do all these activities, but it is highly recommended to take it easy at first and slowly work your way up. Soon enough, your pet will be running and playing at the level of their former healthy self.
3. Grooming.
As the weather starts to get warmer, you will notice that your pet will start shedding more. They are preparing themselves for the rise in temperature and their sleek new fur by getting rid of their winter coats. However, this can cause an issue with you when they are leaving their fur all over your house and carpet. You can help prevent this from happening by regularly brushing your pet’s hair and fur more. Use brushes that are specifically designed for de-shedding their fur. To further loosen up that winter coat, give your pet a bath and scrub their fur vigorously with your hands and fingers. Afterwards, continue the brushing process and you will see how much more of their fur will be removed.
4. Bugs.
The rise in temperature will also see an increased activity in all kinds of bugs and pests. Fleas and ticks bring all sorts of discomforts and diseases to both pets and their owners. For this issue, there are many options and medications that will help prevent these pests from affecting your pet. Another pest threat to pets are mosquitos, because they carry parasites called heartworms that are transmitted to the pet through mosquito bites. It is also important to have your pet on heartworm prevention medication if they do not have it or did not have it during the winter season.
5. Allergies.
Pets are also susceptible to seasonal spring allergies, not only their owners. They will show signs and symptoms of allergies that are like the ones that humans show. However, instead of affecting the respiratory system like it does with humans, spring allergies affect the skin of your pets. If they are scratching excessively and it is not being caused by fleas or ticks, it most likely is a sign of allergies and antihistamine treatments can be recommended by a veterinarian.