The first day of spring is this month, Tuesday, March 19th! As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, it’s the perfect time to set spring goals. While we humans often bask in the joys of spring, it’s essential not to forget about the well-being of our pets. Just like us, they can benefit from a little extra care and attention during this time of renewal.

Here at the Animal Health Center of Iowa, we understand the importance of keeping your furry companions healthy and happy year-round. That’s why we’ve put together some springtime wellness tips to help your pets thrive.

Tick and Flea Prevention: With the warmer weather comes the resurgence of ticks and fleas. These pesky parasites can make your pets uncomfortable and transmit dangerous diseases. Be sure to keep your pets on a year-round preventive regimen, and consider a check-up to ensure they’re adequately protected against these nuisances.

Allergies Awareness: Just like humans, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, too. Watch for signs such as itching, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you suspect your pet has allergies, consult your veterinarian for appropriate treatment options.

Spring Cleaning Safety: As you plan for spring cleaning, be mindful of the products you use around your pets. Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested or inhaled. Opt for pet-safe cleaning products and store all cleaners securely out of reach of your curious companions.

Grooming Routine: Springtime often means shedding season for many pets. Help your furry friends stay comfortable and reduce shedding by following a regular grooming routine. Brushing them frequently removes excess fur and helps distribute their natural oils, keeping their coat healthy and shiny.

Exercise and Activity: With longer days and milder temperatures, spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active with your pets. Regular exercise is essential for your pet’s physical and mental well-being, whether hiking, playing fetch in the park, or simply taking a stroll around the neighborhood.

Nutritional Needs: With rising activity levels, you’ll want to ensure your pets receive the appropriate nutrition to support their energy requirements. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if any adjustments need to be made to your pet’s diet during this time.

Stay Hydrated: Keeping your pets hydrated is crucial as the temperature rises, especially during outdoor activities. Always provide access to fresh, clean water, and be mindful of signs of dehydration, such as excessive panting or lethargy.

Check-Ups and Vaccinations: Spring is an excellent time to schedule a check-up for your pet. Regular veterinary visits can help you detect potential health issues early on and ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations.

These simple springtime wellness tips can help your pets stay happy, healthy, and ready to play in the sunshine all season. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s make this spring great for you and your pets!