Happy Spring!!! I mean Hello Winter!!! I mean happy Spring! Oh… winter again… what season are we in? Your animals are asking the same question!!! They are stepping in snow, dirt, COLD water, ice… a bit of everything! And most of the time, at least some of their surfaces are incredibly uneven and VERY slippery this time of year, and without the buffer of a little snow on top. We are giddy to get out, as are they… but a couple of things to keep in mind for you and your pets before your SPRING out the door!
1. Watch for ice!
If you can slip, so can your animals! Yes, they have 4 legs so typically don’t land on their butts as often as we do and on occasion if we are walking them on a leash or lead, they may even be keeping us on our toes! I know Jasper has done that for me on many occasions! But the ice can still be hard on their feet, cause little twists and tweaks that they feel throughout their bodies. Just this morning I have seen more of my healthy dogs who are adjusted to maintain their health with slight problems or subluxations in their paws, limbs, and low back, just from slipping on the ice! Be aware of the surfaces they are walking on and the extra stress this causes their body. Give them the TLC they need, including chiropractic! Seasonally is a great time for a chiropractic checkup for your pets, even without symptoms, to keep them at their very best for a long time!
2. Monitor their fitness
Yes, they get cabin fever just like us! And boy is that epidemic this year in humans AND animals! But remember just like us they may have lost some fitness or gained some weight over the winter, so its important to remember to ease them back into activity or work gently, just like us!
3. Have fun!!!!
There is a glimmer of hope starting in the form of the smells and sounds of spring (have you heard the birds chirping?) and so its time to have fun! Yes it may be raining sometimes, but its at least possible to get out and not freeze, so get out and have fun! It will bring a glow to your cheeks and your animal’s heart as well! Time we bust out of the house or the office or wherever we have hibernated and embrace the spring with all the joy of the birds! Have fun playing or doing whatever you love to do outside… we’ve earned it!!!!