Spring has come quickly to most of the country.  With pollen levels at crazy high’s and temperatures quickly heating up, what needs to be done to prepare your four-legged friends for the change in season?  Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Secure windows and screens:   We all love the fresh air that comes with opening the windows in the house and the car.  Make sure that the screens are securely in to protect your pets who might want to push their noses against it.
  2. Check for pests:   With more outdoor activity comes more change for unwanted pests.  Protect your pets by checking for pests every time they come back inside.  Ask your vet about flea/tick preventive options now.
  3. Bathe with care:  Make sure that the soaps that you use on your pets will not harm them.
  4. Stay off the grass: Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides may create healthy plants and lush lawns, but their ingredients can be toxic to our four-legged friends. Avoid formal lawns with “pesticide treated” signs or altogether as the chemicals can irritate paws and if licked off by cats or dogs can be extremely toxic.   Make sure to keep animals off the grass the allocated amount of time after you use products on your own lawn.
  5. Buckle up:  Taking your pet on a drive?  Make sure they are buckled up for that car trip.  It’s for your protection and your pet’s. Always secure pets in a comfortable harness or crate when traveling.
  6. Groom for the season: Most cats and dogs “blow coat” at this time of year, with longer-haired breeds prone to tangling and matts as the dry, dead winter hair fights to drop out. Regular brushing helps restore oil to the coat and your vet may recommend an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement to keep coat and skin in good shape.   Coats protect from both heat and cold, so leave at least an inch or two of coat for insulation from sun, heat and insects.

What other tips do you have?   Leave a comment and tell us about it!

– Written by Jessica Semon, National Marketing and Communications Director