5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy This Spring: Advice from Veterinarians
Spring is a great time for trying out new things. Your pet’s health is just as important as your own. Changing and adjusting your dog’s daily routine is a small thing that can add up and lead to your dog being fitter and healthier. Here are 5 examples of what you can do:
With the warmer weather, it’s a great time to try outdoor activities with your dog. Aim for longer walks or even play a game such as catch or frisbee. For breeds with breathing issues, such as British and French bulldogs, short amounts of exercise more often work best. If your dog loves water, try swimming. Swimming is super easy on a dog's joints and entertaining for both dog and owner. But make sure you follow water safety guidelines. If you don’t have access to a beach, then why not buy a dog paddling pool and splash about in your garden.
A great walk can be very mentally stimulating for your dog. There are so many new smells to enjoy. Letting your dog explore with their nose is a terrific workout for them. Playing with your dog is also a great way to keep them happy. What games they enjoy will depend on their personality and breed, but dog puzzles are great to try and they keep your dog entertained and stimulated, with little involvement from you. Win-win! Training or learning a new trick is another thing to try this spring - you’ll both have a sense of achievement once completed.
Being Safe Outdoors
Outdoor activities are fun, but there are some precautions to consider during spring; it’s the start of allergy season, and there are risks of parvovirus (parvo) and transmission of lungworm. Make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, and lungworm medication.
Keep Your Pet Hydrated
As the weather warms up, it's essential to keep your dog hydrated; ensure clean water is always available and try to keep them in shaded areas where possible. It’s particularly important for brachycephalic breeds such as pugs, British and French bulldogs, Shih Tzus etc.
Regular Vet Visits
We recommend your pet visit the vet at least twice a year, particularly if they are over the age of 7. Your pet should be up to date on vaccinations, dental cleaning and overall health. Your vet can help you create a plan to keep on top of their health.
These vet tips will help your dog adopt a healthy lifestyle. Remember, by prioritising your pet's health and fitness,you can help them live a longer, happier life.
If you want to book a checkup for your pet, call us and book the appointment at 0208 459 4729.