Caring For Your Dog in the Spring
Both humans and animals experience changes to their skin and hair during the spring. Diseases of the skin are extremely common this time of year due to excessive shedding and sweating. It is for this reason that pets require special attention during the spring. While skin infections will require a trip to the veterinarian, there are a few things that you can do at home to care for your dog.
During the spring, dogs tend to shed their fur. Even though this process is normal, it can lead to dry skin and other issues if the shedding hair isn’t properly removed. During the spring make sure that you brush your dog every day to help remove dead hair and restore any lost oils to the skin. This will help you spot any skin issues or allergies before they become a problem.
Caring for your dog’s paws is essential all year long. During the spring, dry weather can lead to cracked pads and dry nails. When dogs lose moisture in their nails they run the risk of chipping them. Prevent this problem by moisturizing your dog’s paws regularly. Ask your veterinarian which products they recommend for use on your dog.
Exercise is extremely important for you and your dog. Dogs are active animals and should get plenty of exercise every day. The warmer weather makes it possible to take more walks outside. Increase the amount of walks gradually as your pet becomes accustomed to the extra exercise.
Dogs can be prone to springtime allergies. Pollen from flowering trees and excessive dust can cause problems for your pet. Keep an eye on how your pet reacts to common allergens. Sneezing, watery eyes and skin irritation are all signs of allergies. While serious allergies will need to be cared for by a veterinarian, sometimes a soothing oatmeal bath is all they need.
We hope that this information has been helpful as we strive to provide education on all aspects of pet care.
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