Spring is here and a good time for your dog to see his Naples veterinarian. Both you and your pets will want to be outside more enjoying the Naples weather. It is a great time to play or go on walks with your dog, but it also means fleas, ticks, allergies, and more potential for cuts, scrapes, and injuries.
Tips for a Dog Healthy Spring
Your dog needs plenty of water. Make sure there is always water in his bowl. If you are going to leave your dog for long periods of time, especially outside, it a good idea to have more than one bowl available. On the average, a healthy dog drinks about 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. Puppies need about a half a cup every two hours and should be closely monitored. If you fear your dog is drinking excessively or not getting enough water, consult your aples veterinarian for solutions.
As the weather warms up, many dogs begin to shed their winter coats. Regular grooming and brushing is very important to prevent hair build up and excessive shedding. Not only will your dog feel better, but you will also be able to more easily notice other problems such as parasites, skin irritations or ear and nail problems. Follow the instructions of your veterinarian when grooming your dog.
A nutritious, balanced diet is essential to keeping your dog healthy. As any dog owner knows, there are many choices available. What is good for one dog is not necessarily good for another and the price of the food does not mean it is better or more nutritious. Signs your dog is getting a well-balanced diet are a healthy, shiny coat. If the dog is producing a large volume of stools or develops diarrhea, he may have problems digesting a food. If a dog has skin, ear, joint, or other problems, try another food to see if there’s a connection, Your Tulsa veterinarian can help you with a proper diet.
Have Your Naples Veterinarian Check Your Dog’s Teeth
Your dog’s teeth play a vital role in their health. The mouth is a major source of disease and poor health. Dirty, cruddy, decaying teeth cause many more problems than just bad breath. In some forms of heart diseases and other systemic diseases that effect the liver and kidneys, the condition of the teeth are often the root cause. Have your dog’s teeth checked at least once a year by a Tulsa veterinarian, give him dental sticks or other chews to help reduce tartar build up and if possible, brush your dog’s teeth.
Parasites: Fleas and Ticks
To prevent fleas and ticks, bathe your dog regularly with flea and tick shampoo and consider purchasing a flea collar for extra preventative measures. Talk to your veterinarian for the best topical treatments for dogs and cats, and be sure to check regularly for ticks and fleas during this season. Make sure dog is on a heart worm preventative as well.
Just as in humans, the spring can cause many allergy problems in dogs. Blooming plants, grasses and flowers can trigger allergic reactions, much like hay fever in humans, in dogs and cats. Look for symptoms related to their skin: itching, licking, chewing, hair loss, rashes, or head shaking. Consult your veterinarian for the correct treatment. If left untreated there can be infections on the skin or in the ears that can develop and worsen.
Naples dog owners are certainly familiar with severe weather and thunderstorms. “Storm phobia” is a real condition that causes high levels of anxiety in many dogs large and small. It is considered to be a progressive behavioral disease that should be dealt with early in a dog’s life. Many dogs can do serious damage not only to their psyche but to themselves as well while trying to find a place they feel safe or to escape from their fear. One of the best things you can do for your dog is to let him hide. Give him a crate or special area that he can retreat to when he does not feel safe. Your Tulsa veterinarian can offer many solutions from behavioral training to natural remedies or in the most severe cases, drugs.