For a while there, it seemed like winter would never end. But now spring is here. You and your pups are probably excited about the coming season. I know we’re looking forward to the warm sunshine and green grass.
As you get ready for more outdoor activity, it’s important to prepare for the fun times ahead. Here are some tips that will help get your Labradoodles ready for spring.
Check outdoor areas for hazards.
Inspect your yard to make sure that it’s ready for your Labradoodles. Fences can develop holes during the winter and you don’t want your pups to escape. Clean up your yard and make sure that it’s waste free. If you treat part of your lawn with chemical fertilizers or weed killers, keep your dogs out of those areas.
Use non-toxic household chemicals.
When cleaning indoors, it’s important to use non-toxic chemicals in areas your pets frequent. Harsh chemicals can irritate your Labradoodle’s skin and eyes. As part of spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to wash your dog’s bedding. You can also cleanup useable toys and discard the ones that are broken, losing stuffing, or falling apart.
Inspect your Labradoodle’s leash and collar.
Now is a great time to look at your Labradoodle’s leash and collar to make sure that they are not damaged or frayed. Also check the collar for proper fit. Your dog may have gained weight over the winter due to inactivity. It could be just enough to cause the collar to fit too tightly. Adjust or replace these items if needed.
Add supplements to your dog’s diet.
During the early spring months, many Labradoodles suffer from dry skin and fur. Your dogs may also have chapped paws due to winter chemicals like rock salt. A fish oil supplement can improve your Labradoodle’s skin and coat in a matter of weeks. You can add the liquid directly to your dog’s food or use fish oil capsules.
Schedule a heartworm test.
Spring is a good time to take your Labradoodles to the vet for a checkup and heartworm test. Heartworms are spread through mosquitos, which means that your dogs are more at risk during the spring and summer months. Ask your veterinarian about preventative treatments that will help keep your pups safe and healthy.
Start flea and tick prevention.
If a few short weeks, fleas and ticks will be out in full force. It’s important to protect your Labradoodles from these tiny invaders. Fleas and ticks can carry a variety of diseases that can harm your dog. There are numerous products on the market. Talk to your veterinarian about your options.
Get ready to have fun.
Spending time outdoors can be fun for the whole family. Look for fun activities that may be happening in your area. Ask around about dog parks, puppy playgroups, and outdoor festivals. Soon it will be time to head outside to enjoy some fun in the fresh spring air.