Spring is now officially upon us. We've all had some time to adjust to Daylight Savings Time (except for those of you in Arizona) and the days are getting longer and warmer. Warm days and more sun lays the perfect opportunity for fleas to come out of hiding. Here's our tips for getting you dog or cat ready for springtime fun!
Give your vet a visit.
Set up a veterinarian appointment to get your dog or cat a wellness check. This yearly check is important to make sure everything is going well within your pet's body that you typically couldn't see just from the outside. Vet's will check out their heart, lungs, skin, and teeth and ask you general questions about their overall diet and exercise habits. You can get additional tests on blood work, fecal matter, and heart worm. Once your pet has been cleared he can soak up sun.
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Spring cleaning isn't just for the inside of your home.
Most people will do a deep spring cleaning of their homes, but you must not forget about the yard, as well. Your yard has probably been some what neglected during the colder winter months when you were mostly cooped up inside. Before your dog or cat gets to run around the yard, use Flea Away DE and pour it all over your yard to naturally kill any fleas that have been lurking around.
Pick up piles of wet leaves that can attract flea nests and piles of compost or tree trunks. Lastly, cut your lawn and trim any plants/trees to remove areas where fleas and ticks hide and now your pet is ready to roam.
Take caution when doing outdoor activities.
When hiking and going out to dog parks, make sure you inspect your dog throughly upon returning home to make sure no ticks or fleas have gotten on him/her. Brush your dog with a flea comb and bathe them regularly with shampoo that keeps fleas off.
Wash their bedding once a week. If you can't wash once a week or in addition to regular washing, you can also sprinkle some Flea Away DE on their beds and your sheets to keep fleas off.
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Spring allergies don't just pertain to humans.
Just like humans, dogs can have allergies when trees and flowers start to bloom again. Common sources of allergies are pollens, molds, and dust mites. Also be weary of food allergies and if your dog likes to eat grass; make sure they don't also accidentally eat poisonous plants. There are a number of symptoms to look for when understanding if your dog has seasonal allergies.
Some of these include:
- Chewing his paws
- Constant licking of his flank (side) and groin
- Rubbing of his face and muzzle
- Swollen ears or long term ear infections
- Red itchy bumps or blisters on sparsely-haired areas of the skin and those exposed to the allergen such as the belly, feet, or muzzle
- Excessive scratching
- Fur loss (mainly seen in chronic conditions)
- Itching, especially face, feet, limbs and rectal area
- Yeast infections in ears
- Skin infections
To prevent and treat allergies:
- Wash your dog frequently with shampoos that will help soothe reactions and itchiness
- Vacuum and clean the areas of your home where your dog hangs out the most
- Clean his paws when coming back from outside to not track in dirt and allergens
As the seasons get warmer, make sure to give your pet Flea Away once daily to naturally build up a defense system to fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.