Spring into Summer with Fido!

Summer is just around the corner and so this spring it’s a great time to do a ‘Spring Health Check’ with your dogs to keep them happy and healthy this summer.

HEART WORM PREVENTATIVES:

If you don’t keep your pet on heartworm preventatives all year long, now is the time for a blood test and to get back on a preventative until winter. If left untreated, heartworm can be a devastating disease, life threatening and treatment is very costly, so play it safe and get them on a preventative asap.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVE:

Likewise, this is the time of year when other parasites are coming out and prevention is needed depending on where you live and what sort of lifestyle you enjoy with your dog. Many areas require year-round protection but if you stopped using a preventative last winter, now is the time to start up again. Ticks carry many diseases and flea infestations can be an expensive nuisance to treat in your home.

UPDATE VACCINATIONS:
Now is also a great time to double check that your dog is all up-to-date on their annual vaccinations, and possibly bordetella and deworming. This is the time of year when many dogs are around other dogs at dog parks and other public places, out on hikes and when many people board their pets for family trips in the summer. It’s really important to make sure they are protected and stay healthy.

THAT SPRING SHAVE:

For many breeds this is the time of year for that full shave down! Lots of dogs in the spring have full thick coats, possibly matted fur and you can give them a cooler summer with a shave down. Be sure to talk to a professional groomer about your breed before you shave them as some breeds have coats that actually cool them down in the hot weather.

GETTING ACTIVE AGAIN:

Many times we’re lazy in the winter season and don’t get out much with our pets, so be sure to ease back into the activities you enjoy during the summer. Start out with short walks, then longer walks, short play dates and gradually work up to those long visits at the dog park and hikes in the mountains. This will help prevent injuries and sore muscles.

Take some time to get back into the swing of things and you’ll have a great summer with Fido!