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Library > Health and Well Being > Preparing Your Pet for Spring

Preparing Your Pet for Spring

4/2/2012
Springtime is here and it’s time to get your pal ready for the warmer weather ahead. You’re doing it for your home, your car even your pet needs some spring cleaning to stay comfortable and well-groomed as the weather heats up.

Grooming
When the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we pet owners know what’s coming: your pet shedding its winter coat in large fluffy clumps. Without proper grooming, your pet’s coat will blow in your house, your car and on your newly dry-cleaned spring coat (creating even more spring cleaning!) The easiest way to stop the fur from flying, is to start a weekly brushing regimen (keep it outside if possible). Removing the loose fur on a regular basis will keep your pet comfortable in rising temperatures. Many pets love their brushing time, the sensation and bonding time is important to your furry friend. Claw and nail trimming is always important but during your pet’s spring cleaning it’s a great time to clip them a little closer than usual. Here is our top tip, go to a vet. Using a professional such as a vet, groomer or pet salon will result in a closer nail trim. If you do prefer to clip on your own, invest in a nail grinder.

Allergies
Both you and your pet can see an increase in allergies in the springtime. Keep an eye out for symptoms like a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and watery eyes in your pet. If your pet seems uncomfortable, it’s a great opportunity to bring your pet in for a vet visit! Pet dander can also increase human allergies, so increased grooming may need be needed.

Flee the fleas
If your pet is not on year-round flea and tick preventatives, the warmer weather is the first signal to begin giving them. Be sure your pets are protected, and after playing outside make sure to check your pet’s entire body for ticks so they can be removed immediately.

Source:  http://blog.hartz.com
 

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