It’s springtime in NYC. Flowers are blossoming, leaves are budding, and your couch and pants are covered in dog fur.  I’m a 150lb St Bernard who lives with two Bernard brothers, so you know it’s spring when my tail fur floats in Mom’s morning coffee.  

Here are some springtime tips for urban hounds and their parents!  

  • The Center for Disease and Control predicts that mosquitoes, ticks and fleas will be the worst in years in 2018.  Spring is a great time for an annual heartworm test and heartworm medication. Consider vaccinating your dog against Lyme disease and update their flea/tick medication.  For more tips on Ticks, see this article
  • Dogs “blow out” their fur twice a year, and spring is when we release all of our protective undercoat that kept us warm in the winter.  Brush us daily to prevent your suit from being covered in dawg. Contact Dog City for spring deshedding treatments!
  • Our dander and fur is all over your air conditioning device.  Schedule air conditioning maintenance and clean your filters before the temperature and humidity starts to rise. My brothers and I are notorious for clogging the air vents.
  • Strip our dog beds and give it a good washing.   Pour baking soda and vinegar in the wash to disinfect and deodorize our winter grime.  Refrain from using fabric softening sheets as it is toxic to dogs.
  • Dirt, dust and saliva accumulates on our toys.  Wash our soft toys in the washing machine and hard toys in a bucket full of hot water and dish soap.  Dispose of any toys that are frayed or broken to prevent us from consuming the toy.
  • Wash our collars and leashes.  Soak nylon or leather collars in hot water and dish soap and hang to dry.  This also helps to soften leather collars and leashes.

Warmer weather means more time outdoors.  Just as much as it would be a bad idea for humans to suddenly go on a 6 mile jog after winter dormancy, we need to take it slow before starting a strenuous workout regimen.  Reintroduce us to the great outdoors slowly to prevent overuse injuries and overheating.

Happy Spring!