When the cold days of winter start to melt away into spring our energy levels begin to rise. Soon we start to think about exciting new things to do as the days get longer and the world turns green again.
Your pet is no different. They begin to have more energy and probably even want to begin spending more time outside exploring this great new world.
With Spring’s approach there are a few tips to help you and your pet have a smoother transition into the new season.
Shedding- When the days warm up you trade in that warm heavy coat for a lighter jacket and your pet is no different. Most pets will start to shed that heavy winter coat which can result in a few challenges for both of you. Matting, skin irritation, hair ingestion, and other problems can create stress in your pet. You also have to consider all of the hair clinging to your carpet, clothing and pretty much everything else you own.
A great way to reduce this problem is to schedule a de-shedding visit with your groomer. They can help greatly reduce the problem of shedding. Additionally, increasing your brushing and bathing schedule during this season can help to keep shedding in check.
Allergies- Itchy skin, itchy eyes and other signs of irritation can mean your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies that show up in the Spring. Allergies can range from a mild irritation to a major health issue for many of our furry best friends.
To help combat this springtime invasion keep an eye out for excessive scratching, red or irritated skin, excessive sneezing, excessive eye watering, or possibly sudden losses of energy.
Allergies can be treated through many different solutions. Medication, bathing, and brushing can help. A new method for treating allergies is to schedule them for a “micro-bubble” bath treatment. This new process uses microscopic bubbles to penetrate the hair follicles and remove dirt and allergens that cause skin irritations. It is quick, effective and enjoyable for your pet. Our salon has been using this method for allergy sufferers with fantastic results.
Fleas, ticks and other parasites- With warmer weather and more outdoor time for your pet, the inevitable onslaught of pests will begin to increase.
While regular pet grooming can help keep these problems in check, a quick trip to the vet and a regiment of preventive treatment can be a lifesaver. Also, make sure to check your pet frequently for signs of these unwelcome invaders.
Vaccinations- Now that it’s warmer and we are spending more time outdoors; your pet will probably start to come into contact with more and more animals. While on walks, at the pet park, or just hanging with friends, your pet will have more social encounters.
To help prevent medical issues you should take a moment to make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. This will help provide another layer of protection to make springtime more enjoyable.
De-shedding tools that may come in handy:
*Great for long hair dogs (i.e. Maltese, Pomeranians, etc.)
*Great for wired hair and puppy hair (i.e Schnauzers, Brussels Griffon, etc.)
*Great for Undercoats (i.e. Huskeys, Golden retrievers, German Sheperds, etc.) (Careful when using this tool, be responsible)
Try our Ochah Mud Shampoo for those itchy days your dog has:
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So ready or not, here comes spring. A little pre-planning will make the season safer, more enjoyable and a welcome change from the cold winter.
About the author: Heather Tankersley is the owner of Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa in Branson, Missouri. Her extensive background of over twenty years working with animals coupled with her desire to provide a quality and enjoyable grooming salon and spa experience for pets has resulted in a truly unique service that helps pets have a happier and healthier life. For more information visit the Prissy Paws Pet Salon and Spa at 3000 Green Mountain Drive in Branson Missouri. You can also call at 417-815-6193 or visit on Facebook at Prissy Paws Pet Salon LLC and on the web at www.prissypawspetsalon.com