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Spring walking tips for you and your pooch
Spring is finally here, and the weather is now nice enough for many pet parents to go on longer, more adventurous walks with their canine companions. Before you put on your pet's collar and leash and head out on the trails, you may want to keep these springtime tips in mind.
Though the weather may be warmer, sometimes it can still be chilly, especially in the morning or afternoon. While you may remember to grab a hoodie or jacket for yourself when you head out the door, keep in mind that Fido might need some extra layers as well. This is especially true for short-haired dogs. Find a jacket that is easy to remove and carry, so that if the day warms up, your pooch won't overheat.
Though it may seem too early for bugs to be a problem on your long walks, ticks and fleas can be active all year long. That's why it's essential to make sure you protect your pooch with pet drugs like Pet Armor. If you haven't kept up on your pet's medication, then you'll need to check their coat for parasites that may have latched on while you were strolling and enjoying the great outdoors.
Speaking of inspecting your pet's coat, you may notice that your canine is shedding more than usual this time of year. This can be a hassle – not many people like to find big clumps of fur on their couch cushions or floors. Pick up a brush like the FURminator deShedding Tool For Dogs to keep these pesky hair balls at bay.
Older dogs who suffer from joint pain or other illnesses still need to go out and get exercise, but pet parents should be aware that these canines will have to take the trails slower. Giving your pet some medication like Metacam may be able to ease their joint pain and make the walks more enjoyable.
When it comes to choosing the location for your springtime walks, there are many options. While you may have limited your winter strolls to brisk turns around the block, now is the time to get out and enjoy the weather with longer walks. Take your dog to a local park and play fetch, or consider a trip to the beach. If you have wooded areas nearby, bring your dog along and enjoy the budding flowers and fresh green leaves.