Spring is right around the corner. Have you prepared your pet for the change in season? Read this article to learn some spring pet care tips that will keep your furball happy and healthy.
Do Your Pet’s Laundry
We know you’re busy with your own laundry, but don’t forget about your pet’s bedding. Your pet’s blankets have likely accumulated fur, dander, and bacteria during the cold winter months. They will need a good washing.
Doing your pet’s laundry will also kill any fleas and parasites that are living in your pet’s bedding.
Use the washing machine and a mild detergent to clean bedding and fabric toys. Your pet’s leashes, collars, and plastic toys should be cleaned in hot, soapy water.
Check Your Fence
With the weather warming up, your pet is probably eager to spend more time outside. Check your fence for holes and make any necessary repairs before letting your pet outside. Following this spring pet safety tip will prevent your fur baby from escaping.
Purchase Spring Pet Products
Once winter has officially passed, your dog will be more than ready to go on a few outdoor adventures with you. In most cases, your dog will need to be on a leash.
Assess the condition of your dog’s leash. A worn-out leash can be dangerous and should be replaced.
If your dog needs a new leash, why not try a Smart Dog Leash? It has a built-in GPS that allows you to track how many calories your dog burns on each walk.
Plus, the leash will remind you to take your dog for a walk. If you slipped out of the normal routine during the cold of winter, these reminders will be helpful while you are getting used to walking your dog more frequently again.
Here are a few other spring pet products you might want to consider getting for your pooch:
- Travel bags
- Portable water bowls
- Outdoor dog toys
Pests are a major pain, especially for your furry friend. Now that spring is on the way, you need to fight against fleas, ticks, flies, and mosquitos.
Talk to your veterinarian about the best prevention methods. And if you don’t like the idea of using chemicals, be sure to ask your veterinarian about natural methods.
Be Aware of Allergy Symptoms
Spring is allergy season, which might affect your pet. Allergy triggers include:
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Watery eyes
- Red mouth, paw, or anus
- Puffy eyes
- Hair loss
If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Clean Your Pet’s Paws
Pesticides and chemicals can cause rashes and infections on your pet’s paws. Prevent those unwanted consequences by washing your dog’s paws after he or she frolics through the grass.
This Dog Paw Cleaner makes it easy to follow this spring pet safety tip. All you have to do is push a button to rid your dog’s paws of dirt, mud, and potentially harmful pesticides. The Dog Paw Cleaner is so small, you can take it with you wherever you go.
Springtime is every gardener’s favorite time of the year. But you can’t just plant anything and everything your heart desires.
Before adding new plants to your garden, make sure they aren’t toxic for pets. A good place to start your research is the ASPCA list of toxic and non-toxic plants.
In addition, you need to be careful when using fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. Never leave them out, or your pet might consume them. And when you put them away, make sure they are far out of your pet’s reach.
Teach Your Dog Proper Park Manners
Going to the dog park allows dogs and their owners to socialize. But is your dog trained for this?
If you think your four-legged friend will cause trouble at the park, train your dog how to behave with other canines before you head over there. You might need to hire a professional dog trainer.
Groom Your Pet
Don’t be surprised if your pet sheds more in the springtime. This is the time of year that your furry companion gets rid of his or her winter coat.
But you can control how much of that winter coat ends up on your furniture. Grooming your pet on a regular basis will pick up loose hairs before they fall off.
This Pet Deshedding Brush is specifically designed for this purpose. It’s gentle on sensitive fur and it’s incredibly easy to use.
Don’t Let Your Pet Indulge in Easter Treats
Easter isn’t far away. And that means candy! It can also mean a big celebratory feast with family and friends.
You can enjoy these special foods, but your pet shouldn’t be allowed to consume them. American Humane says, “Candy and chocolate can affect a pets’ nervous system if ingested.”
Avoid the following:
- Giving your pet human treats - Don’t give in when your pet begs. Most human food is toxic to animals. If you want to give your pet a treat, look for recipes created for animals.
- Letting your pet sneak treats - While you are busy having fun with your guests, your pet might grab a few (or more!) bites from your table or your kid’s Easter basket. You can prevent this by keeping all treats out of reach.
- Allowing guests to feed your pet - If you are having family or friends over for the holiday, make sure they all know your pet is not allowed to have any people food.
Keep in mind that some pets might also be attracted to the plastic grass and eggs that are typically placed in Easter baskets. These are dangerous and should be kept away from your pet.
Install Window Screens
What could be more refreshing than opening up the windows to let a spring breeze into your home? But don’t crack open any windows until they have been screened because your pet could accidentally fall through an unscreened window.
We hope the spring pet care tips in this article will help you get ready to enjoy this time of the year with your faithful friend. As long as you take the necessary precautions, your pet will stay safe.
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Kristina Tyler is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in pet care topics. With her life-long love of animals and passion for learning, she thoroughly enjoys researching and writing about how to care for pets. In her spare time, she teaches Sunday School classes, creates hand drawn pictures of animals, and devours the latest books by her favorite authors. She lives in California with her adorable kitty named Chloe and attends classes at the local community college.