*Updated: March 17, 2023
Your tasks, there are a few simple things you can do to help your make this seasonal transition. Today let’s dig into how to prepare your dog for spring and on a budget. is just as anxious for as you are for it to arrive. It’s a time for more outdoor activities and explorations with our furry friends. Have you prepared your for the change to the ? As you tackle your
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1. Vet checkup
If it’s time for your ‘s checkup, make sure you schedule it now. Many veterinarians are booked several weeks or months out. To maintain your ‘s health, it’s a great idea to have your vet check your pup out at least twice a year.
NOTE: My , Henry gets a check-up in May (his rescue birthday) and November (before the holiday season starts). Most of the time, he’ll do something that will necessitate a pop-in visit to the vet between those times as well. It’s a good idea to make check ups associated with special days like rescue birthdays.
2. prevention and
and care. These are most active during the and summer months. The nice thing is that most of these preventative care supplements are monthly doses, much like Heartgard for preventing is administered monthly. It’s definitely something you’ll want to discuss with your vet. is when you should think about
3. Watch for
As you may have that arise during the , your can do the same. Some symptoms you will want to watch for are:
- runny eyes
- red spots on the skin
I bet that list sounds familiar, right? It certainly does to me as I sniffle and write this article. If your ‘s appear to be getting worse, please consult your vet for advice. Henry tends to suffer from on and off throughout the year, but they are much worse in the and fall.
4. Review chip and tag data
I know this is something most of us do once and don’t think about again. But as good , we really need to review our ‘s chip data at least once a year to make sure the vet, phone number, backup person, address, , and all other pertinent information is correct. It’s something that can easily slip through the cracks.
Additionally, make sure that the information on your ‘s ID tags is still correct and legible. Some tags become worn overtime and simple are not easy to read. Or we change phone numbers or move and don’t think about our dog’s tags.
5. of your
Yep, springtime is also the time. That means lots of brushing your . As you brush your dog make sure you carefully inspect your ‘s skin for any lumps, bumps, or other ailments. If you find anything suspicious, review it with your vet.
I generally get Henry groomed with his short summer cut in . If you take your to a groomer, your dog might be getting close to a summer cut.
6. Inspecttoys, bedding, clothes, and other accessories
In your springtime cleanup, review all your ‘s toys, bedding, clothing, kennels, and other items. If there is damage and you can reasonably repair it without harming your , then that’s a great option. Otherwise, discard the torn or broken items, which is generally the best choice. However, if all you need to do is put a new screw in your ‘s kennel, then that’s an easy fix and certainly doesn’t warrant tossing.
7. Clean bedding, toys, collars, clothing, brushes, and accessories
After you’ve inspected all of your ‘s items, then thoroughly clean them. Some pieces will be able to go into your washing machine on the gentle cycle. These items will most likely be bedding along with some clothing and toys. Other objects you may need to hand wash, which can even be done in a sink or outside with a hose. I like to always use at least a 1/4 cup of distilled vinegar when I wash Henry’s accessories and a no-scent detergent. However, Dawn blue dish soap will work in a pinch.
8. Pack away winter clothes for the
Now, that you’ve washed everything, go ahead and pack away in a closet, drawer, or some other place of convenience any sweaters or coats your Simply place 1/2 cup of baking soda into a 6″x6″ cloth, tie it up, and place it into the bag. Voilà! won’t need for the . When you pull them out they will be clean. To keep them smelling fresh, you can put them into a zip bag or storage clothing zip bag with a sachet of baking soda.
9. Evaluate your yard for any winter damage
Over the your yard may have been covered with , leaves, or other debris. As it is uncovered, carefully evaluate your fence, paint, trees, and other landscape that may have been damaged in the winter. Repair it as needed for your and you to enjoy.
10. Inspect the inside and outside of your home for any winter damages
Again, you’re looking for chipped paint, exposed nails, mold, pulled boards, or other issues that may have occurred over the mode. and could hurt your or you. Repair each item while you are in
11. Correct bad behaviors that have popped up over the winter
While it was cold and us parents hunkered down inside, our pups may have developed a few bad behaviors. If this is the case, then consider enrolling in a training class. It will refocus your , get you among other like-minded dog lovers, and kick off your on the right paw, so to speak. If your is high-energy, or you want to try something new, you can even look into classes. It will keep your ‘s mind active while bonding you and your in a new activity. There are many trainers available, some will even come to your home.
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Summary of easy steps to prepare your for
You may have never thought about prepping your for . But just like most things in life, a successful outcome happens with a little prep work. While most of the prep doesn’t take much time or effort and can be done with your regular springtime clean-up, some will take a bit of scheduling. This includes such things as making an appointment to see your vet. Knowing your is springtime ready and you don’t need to worry, is cause to rejoice and hit the trails for the first spring hike.