1. Heartworm- Depending on where you live mosquitoes start becoming more active — and mosquitos can transmit heartworm disease. Generally heartworm preventative medication should be given year round to prevent infection because mosquitoes thrive year round in many parts of the country.  And as our climate continues to warm mosquitoes tend to stay active longer each year.
  2. Fleas&Ticks- In addition to mosquitoes, ticks and fleas become more prevalent as well. There are a variety of products available to combat these nuisances, so ask your veterinarian which one is best for your dog. Start early as preventing ticks and fleas from becoming a problem is far easier than dealing with a major flea infestation.  Get into the habit of regularly checking your dog for ticks. Ticks are typically found around the head, on the ears, neck, chest and forelegs although they can be found anywhere. Usually it is easier to find them by feeling for them instead of looking depending on how long your dogs coat is.springdog
  3. Toxic plants-Spring for some people means it is time to plan and start your garden. Selecting plants that are safe for dogs will go a long way in preventing toxicities from occurring. Keep in mind that some dogs can enjoy digging as much as we do so avoid planting toxic bulbs such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies. Fertilizers and mulch can be toxic as well so store them in an inaccessible area like a shed when not in use and do not allow your dog in the garden area.
  4. Household cleaners- With spring generally comes spring cleaning. Be aware that many household cleaning products are harmful to dogs so follow instructions as posted on the label and store all chemicals out of reach when not in use. To learn more https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/safety/tips-for-safer-cleaning