Spring Fever and Your Dog

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to spring into action and make sure that both you and your dog are fully prepared for everything the warmer weather brings.

Spring fever isn’t just a human condition, it affects your pups, too. Have you noticed your dog becoming more energetic as the weather warms up acting weird and frisky? Yep That is Spring Fever.. Here is what is triggering that fun personality change. 

 

Scents, and sounds! Yay!

 

Dogs are particularly affected by spring because of their noses. flowers, grass, barbecues and more critters running around the yard and creating a super abundance of wildy fun smells, these scents can drive your dog crazy! And with everyone spending more time outside, your dogs will also be distracted by a lot of sounds lawnmowers, kids playing, and music blasting.

 

Energy Energy Energy!! 

 

Research also shows that dogs produce less melatonin when it’s sunny. Melatonin makes us sleepy, so their increased energy during spring and summer is not only due to external forces, but biology as well.

 

PROTECTING YOUR PET

 

Beautiful weather means the opportunity for longer walks, and more outdoor play.  This can also bring threats to your dog. Before you head out to play dates be aware of the these spring hazards. 

 

Mosquitoes

 

Spring can be the start of mosquito season (depending on where you live). Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying, they can transmit heart-worm disease. Check for heart-worm and that their treatment is current. 

 

Ticks and Fleas

 

Since your dog will be spending more time outside, start checking your dog for ticks and fleas regularly – it’s much easier to prevent than to deal with a major flea infestation or a tick-transmitted disease.later. 

 

Toxins

 

If your an avid garden, make sure to pick plants safe for dogs, keep your dog away from hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and certain lilies. Some types of fertilizers and mulch are also toxic to dogs, so take extra steps to make sure your gardening supplies are safely tucked away.

 

Free Roam

 

We all like to let our Dogs bust out and have a good romp and roam free of leash and restraints, and you may have complete faith that your well behaved and obedient pup will adhere to your recall. BUT those spring scents and frisky little rodents running around may be to much temptation, and a quick dart across a busy road can be fatal or vet costly for your furry friend not to mention heart breaking to you family, so best keep to fenced areas or a great distance from travelled roads.  

But as the days get warmer and spring rolls into summer, we can all breathe a sigh of relief these simple tips can help keep your dog safe this spring so you can go and enjoy the beautiful sunshine with a fun game of spring fetch.