With the weather warming up in spring, you can expect your pup to want to spend more time outdoors. While fresh air and exercise are great for your pet, there are certain hazards you should be aware of, such as tick-borne diseases and illnesses spread by other dogs. Use the following tips to make sure your pup stays safe and happy this season.
Keep Fleas and Ticks at Bay
Fleas and ticks can make your dog miserable or even ill this spring. Some dogs are allergic to flea bites, while ticks can spread certain diseases to dogs. Applying a preventative flea and tick product can help reduce your dog’s risk of being bitten by these pets when you’re outside.
Check Your Pup’s Vaccinations
Your dog should be up-to-date on all vaccinations required by law and recommended by your vet. Being vaccinated helps reduce your pup’s risk of getting seriously ill from infectious diseases, such as rabies and distemper. Keep in mind that some vaccinations are good for three years, while others are only good for one year. Your vet can let you know which vaccinations your pet needs, so you can schedule an appointment.
Use a Leash
Don’t let your pup run around off leash when you’re out and about this spring. The only exception should be local dog parks that have off-leash areas that are fenced in. Keeping your dog on a leash when you’re outside helps reduce the risk of having her run off and get lost or injured. When you do take your pup out this spring, make sure she also wears a collar with current tags and microchip information in case she does get loose.
Our community in Austin, TX has well-tended ground for you and your pup to explore this spring. Please contact us to learn more about our available apartments in Austin.