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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
April 15, 2012
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The Springtime Guide To A Healthy Dog


Spring has started, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. These sunny and pleasant months are the perfect time to get outside with your dog and enjoy the pool, barbecues, and other outdoor activities. Your dog has likely been cooped up most of the winter and will relish the opportunity to play outside as long as he wants before the weather gets too hot.

During the active month of April you need to take special care to keep your dog safe from many of the hazards he could run into outside. “What?” you might say, “Springtime perils?” While March, April, and May are some very safe times of year, there are still some ways that your dog could get hurt.

First of all, make sure your dog's tags are up to date, since he'll probably be outside a lot and may have a higher chance of getting lost. Include your dog's name, your address, and your phone number so that anyone who finds him can get in contact with you.

The days are getting longer now too, as well as hotter, so make sure you provide plenty of clean water for your dog to drink. Most people don't realize this, but all of the normal human ailments associated with the sun can affect dogs too. This includes sunburn, sun stroke, and dehydration. If you keep your dog outside, make sure he has a shady area to lie down and cool off.

You'll start running into Ticks during April as well, so make sure you have everything you need to treat infections or keep the pests away. All natural tick repellant is an excellent choice because it isn't toxic to your dog and, depending on the brand, does a great job of keeping the ticks far, far away.

Speaking of pests, mosquitoes are going to start coming out now, if they haven't already in your area, so get your dog's heartworm prevention up to date. Mosquitoes can infect your dog with heartworm disease, as well as a variety of other diseases. Heartworms are fatal if left untreated, so take every step that you can to prevent your dog from getting infected. Mosquito spray works, but make sure it's safe for animals. Dogs like to lick themselves and normal mosquito spray is extremely toxic if ingested. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

April is also a good time to look into a Raw Food diet for your dog. If you haven't thought about this before, check the website for some tips on starting your dog on raw food. Spring is a time for fresh ideas and change, so you might want to consider giving your dog the healthier food option. Start by mixing his regular food with 10% raw, and then slowly increase the ratio until it's 100% raw.

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