Muddy Paws: A Dog Owner's Guide To Spring

Dog Owner's Guide To Spring

The arrival of Spring is a joyous occasion. The snows of winter are finally gone, and dog owners once can again go outside and play with their pets. Spring brings new opportunities for dog owners, to be sure, but also challenges, and the need for new gear- both for you and your pet. Here is a guide to help dog owners navigate the new season.

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring muddy paws. Your dog will certainly enjoy his or her time in the yard, but your pup will inevitably return with muddy paws. Having the right Dog Grooming Supplies and Dog Clean Up Supplies at the ready is a wise move. It is good to keep a handy dog towel at both doors, and even one in the trunk of the car.  Have that dog shampoo at the ready!

Oatmeal Pet Wash Organic Dog Shampoo

Above: Pro Pet Works makes a nifty organic dog shampoo called Oatmeal Pet Wash Organic Dog Shampoo. Made in the U.S.A with organic ingredients, this can be a great choice for pets with sensitive skin.

Spring showers often present difficulties of another nature for our pets. Many dogs suffer from thunderstorm anxiety. Incredible flashes of lightning, accompanied by loud thunder claps can frighten dogs to the point of panting, scratching and hiding in a corner. Dog owners can assist their pet by allowing them to stay in areas that their pet finds comfortable - as long as this area is safe. The Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Vest is a proven and effective way to help some pets feel calmer during thunderstorms.

Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Shirt

Above: The Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket is a PupLife favorite. This easy to use dog shirt can calm your pet during thunderstorms.

Dog Anxiety Dog grooming becomes even more important in the Spring. After a long winter, your best friend is sure to need a bath and the warmer temperatures bring insects back into our environment. Mosquitoes carry the heart worm virus, so make sure to see your vet for appropriate heart worm prevention.

Fleas and ticks can be pesky creatures and they can make life rough for our furry little family members. Natural flea and tick shampoos can be a huge help. Organic bug repellents also help keep insects off dogs and cats, and it is wise to keep a good supply on hand. Inspect your dog nightly for ticks and fleas. Remove all ticks carefully with a pair of tweezers.

On the bright side, every dog deserves a new look for Spring. Our friends at Rita Bean feature a great assortment of Designer Dog Collars that can freshen your pooch’s look. With a wide variety of colors and trendy patterns, your pooch will look like a star in his or her new collar and matching Dog Leash. A new collar also put a new spring into their step (no pun intended).

For more tips on keeping your pet feeling and looking their best, read our Natural Dog Grooming Tips. Our article Summer Fun: Keeping Your Dog Healthy In Spring and Summer is also a great read on how to ensure your pet's health and safety all Spring and Summer.

Spring is a time for change, and a time for renewal. With the right dog supplies and a little extra play time, you can make Spring a wonderful time for you and your dog. Grab your leash, pack up the dog and head out to the dog park. It’s time for some fun!