Springtime is the day for activities. Days start to grow longer and the weather has the right level of warmness for plants to sprout leaves and flowers to bloom once again. Our long days of inactivity and frigid confinement are over, and its time to get out of our winter hibernation and venture outside once again. Our dogs also share the excitement as the long cold winter has kept them from doing their outdoor activities. As spring is the time when things come to life and get vibrant once again and when things heat up, there could also be several health threats that reemerge for both humans and their pets. Here are a few simple activities than ensure the fun all springtime long.
1) Day trips.
Spring is a wonderful day to feel the moderate warmth of sunlight. Most dogs would love to go outdoors after a long winter break. Day trips do not necessarily mean riding your dog in your car all the time. Just quick walks or jogs around the neighborhood will do. The sight of revitalized trees and creatures will definitely refresh the sights of you and your dog. For car trips, set travel plans for the springtime months for you and your dog. Give yourself and your pooch a new scenery by going to the beach, mountains or the lake, whichever is located near your area. Be sure to pack things to eat to rehydrate for both you and your pet. A generous serving of food and water for both of you is enough for the day trip. If you have run out of ideas or do not have a specific place in mind to go, then a spring festival is the next option.
2) Spring festivals.
Spring has been a festive season since early times. Even at our modern times, spring is the time when many pet advocacy groups begin hosting fundraisers, festivals, and other spring events. Whichever city you belong to in the United States, you are sure to find spring-related festivals within your community. These festivals are great opportunities for both you and your pet dog to meet new friends and also support a good cause.
3). Healthy activities and disease prevention.
This is perhaps the most important. Before the trips and any strenuous spring activities, always schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. When temperatures become ambient (20–25°C), organisms become active and prolific, including harmful ones like mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. Be sure to confirm with your vet that your dog is up to date with key immunizations. Times is essential for your dog so do not wait until you see fleas and ticks on your dogs before going to the vet. As early as you can, set an appointment with your vet and discuss the latest advancements for an effective flea and tick prevention or treatment as well as protections from other common health risks.
4). Pet-friendly and safe spring cleaning.
The subsiding winter snow brings twigs and a lot of debris to your yard and parts of your home. As you brace for an all-day cleanup drive for your yard and the house, keep in mind that these activities could pose a risk to your pet. Many cleaning agents, fertilizers, pesticides and weed-killers can be dangerous to dogs and other pets. Always take the precaution of keeping your cleaning agents and other chemicals far from their reach. Be sure to thoroughly clean yourself and your surroundings of harmful chemicals before playing with your dog. Keep their safety in mind as you go and make your yard clean and green for your family and your dog.
5). Get your dog in shape…gradually.
It has been a common hype among dog owners to get themselves and their dogs back into shape on the first warm week of spring. A lot of dog owners think about making up for lost time during winter by engaging their out-of-shape, overweight selves and their out-of-shape, overweight dogs in strenuous, heavy exercises. Some dog owners do not have a fitness plan and immediately several miles with their dogs, go cycling with them or go hiking up their favorite mountain trail. As human and pet health experts see it, sudden strenuous and intense activities can be detrimental and dangerous. Spring is usually associated with high instances of exercise and outdoor activity-related injuries in both humans and pets, especially dogs. Take things slowly and easily. Make a month-long or season-long health program for you and your dog. Gradually increase the intensity of your exercise and workout, including your pet’s. Keep in mind that like you, your dog needs time to adapt as well. And if injuries or overexertion does happen, be sure to have your dog checked by your vet. The sooner you get your dog checked out, the sooner they can return to enjoying the season with you.
Spring can a wonderful best time of year for your pet. With a little precaution and planning, you can enjoy and make the most fun out of spring along with your dog. Enjoy the temperate sun rays, sweat it out and cherish the moments you share with your loved ones and your dogs.