Spring is jus t around the corner! Of course, before we can really enjoy the warmer weather, we’ll have to get through the spring melt. Some of our canine patients are going to be very happy about finding puddles to splash in. Of course, that soggy ground can make for a pretty dirty dog. It can also pose health risks. In this article from, Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some tips on getting through this sloppy season.
Dogs leave big pawprints on our hearts … and on our floors. You may want to put good mats down on both the inside and outside of the door you bring Fido in and out of. Bath mats are good, as they are designed for soaking up water. If your canine buddy is sharp and eager to please, you can even teach him to wipe his own paws down. There are doggy mats made just for this. As with any other type of training, treats and patience are key.
A nother option is to just keep treats, a spray bottle, and some pet wipes or rags at the door. You can put them in an attractive basket for better aesthetics. Teach Fido that he will get a yummy snack for letting you clean his feet!
Mud season also coincides with Fido’s spring wardrobe change. You may be dealing with a lot of fur over the next few weeks. Brushing your pup daily can help reduce the amount of hair you find on your carpet, clothes, and, well, everything else you own. Take him outside for these beauty sessions, so the fur just blows away. You can also use a rubber dish glove, a squeegee, or a damp sponge to remove fur from upholstered furniture.
It’s worth pointing out that mud season also brings a heightened risk for Lepto. Lepto is a bacterial disease that thrives in water and damp soil. Wild animals can contaminate the ground via urine. Fido can then pick it up when he noses around these areas. It’s worth noting that there is a vaccine available. If there are a lot of critters around your home, ask your vet for more information on protecting your dog.
Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. Here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, we’re always here to help!