Springtime Pet Tips
Warmer weather, longer walks, garden prep and melting snow; Spring is here and hibernation is over!
Here are a few tips for keeping your pooch happy and healthy during the seasonal shift.
Garbage and scummy puddles are a danger to some dogs who simply can’t help the temptation to sneak a taste.
Melting/moldy snow, salt, grit, feces and urine are some of the things your pooches will pick up on their pads around the city. When they go home and clean their paws, these can sometimes cause tummy upset. We see a lot of digestive disturbances this time of year for this exact reason.
If your pooch isn’t accustomed to wearing protective foot wear, we suggest getting into the habit of cleaning their paws when you get home from walks.
To ease the task, we recommend Mud Busters by Dexas. Simply fill with warm water, insert doggos foot, and twist Mud Buster to allow the silicone nubbies to remove the mess. It’s that easy! These handy devices come in three sizes and three color options (blue, green and pink.)
Bring along clean drinking water and avoid the scummy puddles, streams and winter runoff in dog parks.
Keep some form of digestive aid such as probiotics or pure pumpkin puree in your cupboard to help ease a sore stomach.
Signs of digestive upset can be any of the following:
-diarrhea or loose stool
-loss of or decreased appetite
Springtime can bring about an onslaught of environmental sensitivities due to the return of dust, snow mold and pollen. Just like us, environmental allergies are most commonly seen during this seasonal shift. Allergens can include pollen from trees, grasses, weeds and flowers, mold spores or even house dust mites.
Common symptoms include increased itching and scratching, sneezing, runny eyes or nose, red/itchy eyes, itchy ears or infections, hot spots, constant licking or rubbing of face and chewing at their feet. Some pets that suffer from environmental allergies may also develop secondary skin infections or irritations which can cause scabbing or hair loss.
Some of our customers with dogs who are sensitive have discovered if they avoid early morning and late evening walks, their dogs have less reactions as the pollen tends to be more prevalent at these times.
We offer many products to prevent and aid in relieving these symptoms!
Here are a few of our favorites:
Probiotic, ph-balanced, paraben and sulfate free products for your dog. Designed to support your pet’s natural defenses against shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor.
Omega Oil from Grizzly Pet
Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for dogs and cats. A tasty oil, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to help support a healthy skin and coat.
Bonnie & Clyde Omega Oil
Rich fish oil crafted from sustainably fished, wild-caught sardine, anchovies and mackerel. Human grade, and tested for purity. For those that do not like the smell of fish oil, this product is virtually odorless!
HomeoPet Sinus + (Nose Relief)
Provides support for a healthy nasal and sinus tract in dogs and cats. 100% natural - No harsh chemicals. Helps relieve symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.
Dr. Maggie’s Skin & Coat Oil
This omega oil is produced with anchovies, and has a salmon flavor produced by plants (good for dogs with protein sensitivities!) It is great for the recovery and prevention of shedding, itching, flaking and dull coat.
Soothing gel for all animals. Formulated using the highest quality natural anti-bacterial, anti-itch and healing ingredients. It aids in the treatment of various skin conditions including hot spots, irritations, insect bites, minor cuts, minor burns, stitches and so much more.
Grooming – It’s not fat, it’s extra fluff!
Time to bust out the de-shedding tools, and buy a new shampoo! Help your pet feel more comfortable by getting rid of that thick undercoat you are starting to see floating around your home.
We have a large assortment of grooming essentials in store. Not sure what you need? Please come in and ask one of our knowledgeable staff members for help.
Bugs are coming – Prevention is far easier than treatment!
With spring comes flowers and leaves, but so do pesky mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Remember that a single female flea can lay over 300 eggs a day; ticks can carry Lyme Disease and mosquitoes cause various irritations. Save yourself (and your pooch) the headache and start preventative treatments now! We carry a variety of topical treatments in store for your convenience.
Remember that while we are more than happy to help you keep your pets healthy, if at anytime you feel that the symptoms are getting worse or warrant a veterinary visit, please do so! 😊