Dog laying in grass
Dogs tend to love spring because they get to spend more time outdoors
After being cooped up during the winter it is a joy for them to be able to take advantage of the lengthening and warming days to release all of their pent up winter energy.
It is equally joyful for us watching our dogs have a good time.
However the warmer days bring about certain health concerns so take a moment and make sure your dog is fully prepared for spring.
Depending on where you live mosquitoes start becoming more active
– and mosquitos can transmit heartworm disease. Generally heartworm preventative medication should be given year round to prevent infection because mosquitoes thrive year round in many parts of the country.
And as our climate continues to warm mosquitoes tend to stay active longer each year
Despite this some pet owners do not give heartworm preventatives in the winter so spring is a good time of year to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on his heartworm preventative medication.
The cost of heartworm preventative medication is a bargain when compared to how much it costs to treat heartworm disease.
In addition to mosquitoes, ticks and fleas become more prevalent as well.
There are a variety of products available to combat these nuisances, so ask your veterinarian which one is best for your dog.
Start early as preventing ticks and fleas from becoming a problem is far easier than dealing with a major flea infestation. Get into the habit of regularly checking your dog for ticks.
Ticks are typically found around the head, on the ears, neck, chest and forelegs although they can be found anywhere. Usually it is easier to find them by feeling for them instead of looking depending on how long your dog’s coat is.