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Spring Fever!

Published March 20, 2015

Spring has sprung on us like a bouncy Springer Spaniel!! The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer. As we add more daylight, our bodies and those of our puppy children, react by releasing less melatonin into our bloodstream, waking us from the winter doldrums.

So, if your pup is acting a bit goofier than normal and their energy levels are off the charts, it’s probably because they have come down with a case of Spring Fever!

Spring Fever will increase your dog’s energy levels, they may be more distracted on walks, and they may be more reactive to other stimuli around the house and on their regular walks. They may be more inquisitive about all the new smells in the air.

Photo by marieke koenders

Spring Fever is not a serious condition but there are a few simple things that you can do to help your pup through these ruff-times. First and foremost they need more exercise to burn off the extra energy and due to burning these extra calories you may need to increase your pups food. Second, this is a time you will need to be more patient with your pup and understand that this is just nature’s way.

Lastly, keep a close eye on your pups over all appearance. Look closely to see if they are losing weight, keeping properly hydrated, and keep a close eye on their skin. With all the flowers blooming and grasses getting greener there will be lots of new pollen in the air and allergies could sneak up on you.

Get out there and play with your pup and enjoy Spring!

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