Spring With Fido

Spring is almost here! It’s safe to say that many of our canine patients will be quite delighted to find the warmer weather returning. Fido loves to run and play outdoors! However, you will need to take a few precautions to keep your pooch safe and healthy as the seasons change. Read on as a Michigan City, IN vet discusses spring dog care.


Does your furry friend wear jackets or sweaters when it’s cold out? Wash Fido’s winter wardrobe, and pack it away until fall. As you are doing this, take time to inspect each piece. You can sew minor rips, but anything that is really worn or stained should be tossed and replaced. Your pup’s toys and bedding could also use a good washing.

Preventative Care

It won’t be long before fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are out in full force. Many wild animals are also more active in warm weather. Make sure Fido is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control products! Your four-legged buddy should also be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags.


For many people, spring means dealing with a lot of slush and mud. Put a thick mat outside your door to help clean Fido’s paws off. You may also be able to teach your furry pal to wipe his feet down before he comes in.


This is a peak shedding time for many pooches. This is one area where it pays to be proactive. On warm days, take Fido outside and brush him thoroughly. It will be worth your while to do some extra vacuuming, and perhaps put slipcovers on your furniture. (It’s probably not a bad idea to pick up some extra lint rollers, either.)


Spring is a popular time for people to do landscaping and gardening work. Fido often loves to help! Just take care here. Many popular plants, such as tulips and daffodils, are toxic to dogs. The ASPCA has more info here. Lawn/garden chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, are also unsafe. 


As the weather warms up, let Fido run and play in the sun. Take him outdoors for play sessions, and indulge him with a trip to a local dog park. Enjoy some long walks with your pup before it gets really hot.

Is your dog overdue for an exam? Contact us, your Michigan City, IN veterinary clinic, today!

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