Spring is in the air and with it, warmer temperatures, blossoming plant life and the opportunity to spend more time outside. As wonderful as these changes can be, they can also present more challenges as we strive to keep our Corgis comfortable and healthy into the transitioning season. As Corgi lovers and responsible pet owners, it’s up to us to be aware of how seasonal changes affect our fluffy loved one’s health, and proactively manage their impact. So, as the calendar now rests at less than two weeks until the official start of a new season, here are the best small tweaks you can make today to help your Corgi adapt to spring.
- Revisit and Reevaluate Preventative Pest and Allergy Treatments. Spring is the petri dish of seasons – spores are popping and larvae’s hopping. Your Corgi is going to come into contact with all sorts of plant pollen and parasitic critters that have been dormant all winter including fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. Make sure your Corgi is on a vet-approved pest maintenance protocol that covers the species in your area (don’t forget heartworm medication and rattlesnake vaccine, if applicable) and be disciplined about giving it according to schedule. If your Corgi is sensitive to environmental irritants like pollen, make sure you have appropriate vet-prescribed allergy meds on hand to combat the symptoms.
- Step Up the Bathing and Grooming. This is most likely the time of year your heavy-shedding Corgi will start losing his thick undercoat. It’s true that Corgis shed all year long, but depending on where you live, spring usually brings about the heaviest coat blows. Get a handle on shedding early by bathing your Corgi weekly in warm water with a pet-appropriate shampoo (never use human soap on your pet) and brushing him out thoroughly. Weekly bathing will also help keep your Corgi’s coat free of pollen and other irritants. You may also opt to get him professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks and have him brushed with a de-shedding tool like a FURminator.
NOTE: It has come to our attention that chemical de-shedders and shampoos can elicit an adverse allergic reaction in some pets, including itching, redness, and sores. We recommend erring on the side of caution and only using grooming tools to de-shed your pet until more is known about the side effects of chemical de-shedders.
- Adjust Your Corgi’s Diet. During winter, your Corgi probably spent more time indoors leading a more sedentary lifestyle. Did he gain weight? If you didn’t adjust your Corgi’s diet during the winter, the extra pounds might come off as he becomes more active during the spring. If you did change your Corgi’s diet, now is the time to reevaluate his activity level and make sure he’s getting enough calories for increased movement. We always recommend consulting with your veterinarian before making substantial changes to your Corgi’s diet. Spring is a great time to have a general check-up at the vet for this and other seasonal changes that can affect your Corgi’s overall health.
Now get out there and enjoy and the beauty that is spring! Be sure to leave a comment and let our community know if you have any other great spring tips.