Is your dog ready for spring? 4 Legs & a Tail has some helpful tips to ensure your furry friends are primed to spring forward when warmer weather arrives.
“At our house the arrival of spring is right up at the top, in terms of things we look forward to every year,” says Cindy Dunston Quirk, owner and developer of Scout & Zoe’s an online store and dog info resource. “Scout and Zoe can’t wait to shake off their winter blues, get out of the house and start enjoying the warmer weather. But like any other transition during the year, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re ready!”

Here’s a quick checklist from the experts to consider, before warmer weather arrives:

  • Ensure that flea and tick protection is up to date. Whatever preventatives you choose, it’s important to get a head start as temperatures begin to rise. As always, check your pet thoroughly for fleas and ticks after playing outdoors or hiking in the woods!
  • Make sure that all your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date, especially rabies.
  • Say no to heartworms! Spring is the time to begin administering heartworm preventatives if your pet is not already on a year-round medication plan. Consult your veterinarian.
  • Make sure that your pet first aid kit is up to date. Dogs are different from people, so they need their own kind of first aid when injuries and mishaps arise. For more information go to or take a CPR class.
  • Make sure all of your spring planting is pet-friendly. Some of the flowering plants, bulbs and shrubs that homeowners plant in the spring can be toxic to pets. Verify that all of your plants won’t endanger your dog by consulting your local lawn and garden professional.
  • Give your furry friend a good spring cleaning! As soon as temperatures start to rise, consider taking a trip to the groomer for a thorough wash and trim. This will help shake loose the thicker winter coat and have them looking and smelling great in order to show off for their friends around town and at the park!
  • Clean up their gear. Spring cleaning time is also a great time to clean up and possibly replace your dog’s bedding, toys, bowls, placemats, collar, leash and grooming tools.

It’s said that, “Springtime turns a man’s fancy into love.”  If true, man’s best friend certainly has a passion for a southern breeze and longer days. Maybe it’s the feeling of mud in their paws or the simple fact that the snow is receding or gone.