Do you feel that?! Warm weather!! Oh yeah! The blossoms and birds chirping, oh man, I love the sights and sounds. The Happy Paws Pet Nanny is so excited that Spring is in the air! This means lots of outside time; walks, playing fetch, & exploring with your four-legged buddies. The sunny weather, blooming flowers, and singing birds are so tempting, even cats start demanding time outside. Yet, warmer weather is also a reminder of some seasonal troubles for our canine companions, such as allergies, fleas and ticks. As a pet parent, don’t forget to prepare your pet for Spring and ensure your doggy and kitty is safe as their environment changes seasonally.
Here is a quick checklist to help your pet enjoy the brighter season to the fullest:
Groom Them Up
Warmer weather means lots of shedding. Our furry friends get rid of their winter coats for the sleek, thinner attire. For pet parents, this means lots and lots of hair around the house. A regular bath and brush will help keep your home stay clean and your pet happy. Our favorite shampoo is oatmeal based for sensitive skin. You can also pay a visit to a pet groomer to get your pet the all-star service that includes washing, haircuts, and nail trimming.
Keep Those Annoying Pests Away
Spring is the time when ticks and fleas are on the prowl. Those blood-suckers can carry harmful parasites, so paw-rents should be vigilant. While it's a good idea to keep your four-legged friends on preventative medications all year-round, using tick and flea control, such as rinses or tablets, in warmer weather is very important, y’all.
Apart from fleas and ticks, the other problem pet owners need to take care of is worms. Tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms can become a problem in warmer months. One of the largest dangers to a pet’s health is dirofilaria immitis, or heartworms, which spread through mosquito bites. Be proactive and make sure your cat or dog has been dewormed for the season.
Allergies, Allergies Everywhere
Grass, flowers, and trees bloom in spring & pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, just like we humans do. Keep an eye out for excessive scratching, biting, licking, or hair loss, as these can be classic signs of allergies. If your pet develops any of the symptoms, take them to the vet immediately. Did you know that an antihistamine is safe for our fur buddies? Always consult with your vet before giving any medications.
Increase Exercise to shed winter weight
Just like us, our pets tend to gain weight during winter months as pet owners often lower their physical activity during the winter season. The beautiful Spring weather often provides more opportunities to shed those extra pounds by getting outdoors. Just a reminder, y’all, animals can develop injuries by jumping into an exercise routine too quickly. As a Happy Paws customer, our furry buddies are exercised regularly throughout the winter months and due to maintaining their routines, tend to not have an increase in weight.
Bonding with your pets outdoors during the warmer months can be just as fun for pet parents as it is for the pets themselves. With a little prep, you can have true peace of mind and be ready to fully enjoy this awesome time of the year!
The Happy Paws Pet Nanny team is trained and will be sure to notify you if we think your poor fur-buddy is suffering from some of these seasonal allergies or pests. We would LOVE to have your fur-buddy as part of our Happy Paws family! Book today for your free- quick consultation.
Hope you and your pet are safe and happy this beautiful Spring season. We will close with a gentle reminder to “take time and smell the roses” before this magical season passes.