Start your spring season perfectly with your dog! We have put together all the important information and tips for the beautiful season for you. We inform u. a. about the change of fur, ticks in dogs, spring fatigue, poisonous plants and much more.
Spring time is also a change of fur
Dogs change their fur in spring and autumn, which normally takes six to seven weeks. In spring, however, dogs shed more because their winter fur is thicker. Regular grooming is essential, especially when changing fur. Daily brushing promotes blood circulation, improves air circulation in the skin and prevents matting. Special combs remove the undercoat. If the coat change is remarkably long, this may be due to a lack of nutrients. In this case, dog owners should contact their veterinarian and ensure that their dog is fed as needed.
Warning: ticks become active again
If the temperatures rise, ticks become active again. The parasites prefer to stay in damp and shady places, meadows, near water and in the undergrowth of forests. Because they can transmit serious pathogens, dog owners should protect themselves and their animals. There are anti-parasitic agents for dogs available from any veterinarian. It is helpful to search the dog thoroughly after each walk. If he does have a tick, it should be removed as quickly as possible using a pair of pliers and a slight twisting motion.
Away with the winter bacon and on to the spring figure
Winter pounds are not uncommon in dogs. Lack of exercise combined with excessive energy intake, too many rewards in between and lack of knowledge about the right amount of food the dog needs are reasons for being overweight. But the consequences of obesity should not be underestimated. Overweight dogs are at increased risk of cardiovascular and joint problems, life expectancy is reduced and they are more likely to develop tumors or diabetes mellitus. To lose weight healthy, you may need a. a diet with reduced energy density and a diet plan that should be checked weekly.
Dogs also suffer from spring tiredness
The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin is responsible for spring fatigue, the concentration of which is particularly high in the body in winter. In spring there is a reduction in hormone release and the sun’s rays increase the production of the happiness hormone serotonin. In this phase, spring tiredness is a problem for both dogs and humans. Extensive walks, which stimulate the circulation and stimulate the metabolism, help against this.
Beware of poisonous plants in the garden
Many people have early bloomers such as daffodils, lily of the valley and tulips in the garden, without being aware that they can be toxic to animals. Hyacinths, rhododendron, ivy, delphiniums and oleanders are also poisonous plants for animals. If dogs show symptoms of plant poisoning, such as abdominal cramps, irritation of the mucous membranes, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, strong breathing frequencies and disproportionate salivation, dog owners should immediately consult a veterinarian.
Please be considerate: breeding and setting time
Many birds start to breed at the beginning of spring. Therefore, dog owners should take special care in all green areas, meadows and fields. In some federal states, such as Lower Saxony and Bremen, as well as in some municipalities, a leash applies from April 1st to July 15th. Violations can result in fines. It is best to find out from your city which regulations apply during this time.
Spring time is pollen time
Pollen allergies are also common in dogs. They show up as itching, nibbling and biting on the paws and on the body, rashes and pustules, conjunctivitis and swelling of the respiratory tract, which can lead to shortness of breath in the worst case.
If a pollen allergy is suspected in the dog, the owners should have a blood test or skin examination carried out by their veterinarian. Appropriate medication can then be administered or hyposensitization carried out. It is helpful to wipe the dog with a damp cloth after the walk and to keep an allergy diary during the pollen season.
Beware of insect bites
When more insects are out and about in the spring, dog owners shouldn’t let their dog out of sight if it snaps for insects. Because insect bites in the throat can lead to life-threatening swellings in the airways, dog owners should prevent their dog from catching insects right from the start.
If a dog is stung, the sting should be cooled with a cloth with pleasantly cool water. If the affected animal suffers from shortness of breath or the sting swells up very strongly, a veterinarian must be consulted immediately. Read more about the symptoms and first aid for an insect bite in the dog here.
Beware of weed killers and fertilizers
What is good for our lawn and plants is not suitable for the dog. Dogs ingesting mineral fertilizers and pesticides in large quantities can be fatal in the worst case. For this reason, fertilizers and weed killers are to be kept out of the reach of dogs and dogs should not enter fertilized lawns for a certain period of time. If they show symptoms of intoxication, such as vomiting, severe bloody diarrhea or convulsions, dog owners should contact a veterinarian immediately.
Off to the swimming season
Many dogs love the water and are allowed to bathe again in spring. However, there are a few things to consider. Dogs with joint problems in particular should not stay in the water for too long, since their symptoms can worsen when hypothermia occurs. In addition, dog owners should never throw sticks into the water, as this can result in injuries to the tongue and throat when picking up the stick.
Throwing balls can also cause friction around the prey if there are several dogs nearby. In order not to disturb birds during their breeding season, dog owners should also take this into account.