Spring Tips for Dog Owners

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      It’s Spring! 5 Tips for Dog Owners

      Now is the time to clean that overcrowded garage, get the gardening tools out, and make more time for playing outside with your dog.

      1. Schedule a vet check – With longer days, more sun, and playtime outside, your dog needs to start up the flea and tick preventatives and heart worm medication if you haven’t kept her on it through the winter. A spring time vet check is a great way to see how your dog is doing and if she needs a new diet, some more exercise, or if she’s doing fine.
      2. Grooming – Shedding increases as weather warms up. Dogs lose their winter coat and regular brushing will keep shedding under control. Make sure to brush all the way down to the skin to remove dead hair and debris. If your dog is overdue for a haircut, make an appt with your groomer. Your cat will also need more brushing and a good nail trim.
      3. Increase workouts slowly – Take advantage of sunny mornings, late day sunsets, and warmer weather by walking and playing with your dog outside more. Play a few games of fetch or frisbee in the yard or at the dog park. Take it slow if your dog hasn’t had too much exercise during the winter. Spring is a great time to go for extra long walks and burn off those few pounds that your dog (and maybe you) have gained this past winter.
      4. Keep the feet clean – As spring rolls in so does rain. Muddy feet after playtime can make a mess of your house. When playtime is over, wipe your dog’s feet and make sure to get in between the toes. Mud can cause fur to tangle up.
      5. Wash bedding – As your dog’s shedding increases make sure to keep the bedding clean. This will cut down on the amount of fur and dirt in your house and keep everything clean. Remove excess hair before washing it so your washing machine doesn’t get clogged with loose fur. Use a gentle detergent without fabric softener in case your dog has sensitivities to perfumes and dyes.
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