The Change in Seasons for Your Dog
Unlike humans dogs bodies don’t adjust as quickly to the change in temperature as ours. You will notice a change in their skin and coats, this is the season that most dogs will shed their winter coats for a thinner one, even domesticated dogs require attention through this period. Here are some things to take into consideration during the transition from winter to spring:
Spring Outer Wear: If your dog wears a coat during winter during walks, unless the heat transition is very dramatic, and the weather become warm very quickly, you may want to put a lighter coat on your dog as smaller dogs that tend to feel the cold more will still find it a bit chilly when their walking in the shade during spring.
A Dogs Natural Coat- Even domesticated dogs in the beginning of spring will start to shed their thicker coats for thinner lighter ones. It is essential to help this process along and to avoid matting which can often be painful to groom your dog regularly. Regular brushing will help any lose hairs fall out and avoid them from being tangled into the new hairs. If you do not feel confident to do this or have a particularly awkward or long haired dog you can take them to the groomers on a regular basis to have them professionally brushed and washed.
Skin Care: When dogs shed their natural coats their skin can be prone to becoming dry, gentle regular brushing will ensure that the natural oils that occur in the hair will be distributed evenly. If your dog suffers from particularly dry skin your vet may prescribe Omega 3 capsules especially for dogs to assist this transitional period for the coat.
Paw Care: This is essential in every season, a mixture of different surfaces, dry skin, rough playing can all have an impact on your dog’s paws, dogs tend to lose moister in their nails causing them to chip or snap off. Walk your dog often so that their nails naturally wear down and don’t become too long, after walk wash your dog’s feet in warm soapy water.
Exercise: It is normal for dogs to store fat in the winter; heavier dogs need to begin gentle exercise to ensure they lose this winter fat. Take it slowly at first especially if your dog has had reduced excise during the winter like their owners they need gentle introduction to regular exercise. Increase their number of walks and the length of them gradually.
Allergies: Like us humans dogs can also have allergies caused by the pollen that is associated with trees, grass and flowers in spring. For signs that your dog has an allergy is itching, coughing, sneezing, flaky skin or an oily-feeling coat. If you notice your dog showing any of these symptoms the vet can prescribe a safe does of canine allergy medicine.
Lawn Chemicals: In the spring it’s nice to see your dog running on soft green grass instead of snow or frosted hard grounds, but beware some commercial parks will often use fertilizer, moss killer, weed treatments or pesticide treatments, all of which are toxic to dogs. Thinking ahead before a walk can avoid such problems, rural areas as opposed to commercial parks are less likely to have chemicals in the grass.
So pay special attention to your dog during this seasonal transition, although you might not notice a huge change in temperature your dog will and this will require your special attention and care.