Spring is FINALLY starting to come around in Melbourne (hallelujah), which means longer days, blue skies and days spent in the sun. While spring is pretty much all fun and games for us humans, unfortunately it isn’t all sunshine and butterflies for our pets.
Here are five tips to make sure your pets are as happy as can be this season!
While we may be starting to put away our winter jackets, our furry friends may start losing theirs. If you’ve got a dog with fur (as opposed to hair) or a longhaired cat, you might notice that they start to shed more.
To help move along the process, grab a firm brush or comb and make sure to brush them daily. This will help cool down your pet and will probably lessen vacuuming time! If your pup is hypoallergenic, take them to the groomers for a quick trim!
Make sure you’re leaving out plenty of water for your pets to drink as the temperature starts to increase, and change it frequently. It’s super important to make sure that they’re hydrated! If your pet will tolerate it, try and give them baths on warm days to keep their body temperature down.
Our friend Freddie Mercury always tries to stay cool in the warm spring heat:
“Spring has sprung! And for a big fluffy cat like me, that means I have to start thinking about keeping cool. I highly recommend popping a few ice cubes in your water dish for a refreshingly cool drink”
Stay away from baddies:
If you’ve got a green thumb, then you’d know that the backyard could be a bit of a scary place for pets in springtime. Here are a few things to watch out for in your backyard or local parks.
- Snail bate/poisons: Anything you might use to get rid of unwanted pests, or weeds can be seriously toxic to our pets! If you are using any sort of pesticide, make sure it is in an area that is closed off to your fur-babies.
- Bee stings: Unfortunately, bees and wasps don’t discriminate and our pets are just as likely to get stung as we are! If you notice any hives developing in your area, be sure to keep an eye out on your pet as they play outside.
- Poisonous plants: Those gorgeous lilies or birds of paradise sprouting in your yard under the spring sun may actually be a bit of a danger for your pets!
Dogs in particular can have quite a bad reaction to aloe, apricot trees and buttercups.
Cats should stay away from carnations, chives and daisies. Both cats and dogs can also be highly allergic to lilies!
Here is a full list of plants that may be toxic to our pets: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.
Time to visit the vet:
We can practically see your dog or cat rolling their eyes at us from here. Yep, that’s right its time to visit the vet! Spring is a great time to check that your pet is up to date with all of their vaccinations and medication including heartworm tablets. We all know that warmer weather means that it’s mosquito season, and these little pesky bugs actually can spread heartworm so it’s vital that your pet is properly protected.
Fleas also flourish in the warmer weather; so make sure you’re on top of your flea treatments!
Kick back and relax:
We know it can be super tempting to get out of the house as soon as the sun starts shining, but be careful that you aren’t over-doing it. If your pets aren’t used to lots of exercise, especially after our long winter, make sure you ease into it.
Frankie Sunny knows how important it is to stay cool, calm and collected:
“When the sun comes out in spring it’s pawesome and we feel like we could spend the whole day running around outside. Just be careful that your pets don’t overdo it and of course, always have fresh, cold water available.”
Like Frankie said, if you are planning on spending the day out with your pup, make sure you bring along a water bowl, and plan to spend some time relaxing in the shade to keep them cool.