Have you had a long, hard winter? Then you’re probably glad that yesterday was the first day of spring. What about your Morkie? Can he get spring fever?

Absolutely! Most dogs are more energized and eager to get outside when the weather warms up. They’re even more interested in sniffing everything outside, and in extending their walks.

A couple of things to be aware of — always keep your Morkie on a leash and be vigilant that he doesn’t dash out of your house onto the road. It’s a sad fact that every year in the U.S., cars kill 1.2 million dogs each year and 5.4 million cats. Your pets might be more eager than usual to get outside, so watch the door.

 

 

It’s also the time when seasonal allergies start up again. If your Morkie has runny eyes or is sneezing, that could be the problem. Other signs of allergies are itching, and biting at paws and skin. Talk to your Veterinarian, because dogs CAN take Benadryl. Yup, the over-the-counter medication that we take. Be sure you get the CHILDREN’s liquid version, WITHOUT artificial sweeteners or alcohol. And do check with your Vet first.

Some people recommend that you:

  • wipe down your dog’s coat every time he comes in, to remove excess pollen
  • soak his feet in epsom salts to reduce swelling and wash away pollen

And then there’s mud…

Britain’s Daily Mail asked readers to share their best pictures of muddy dogs. I think this one wins! Believe it or not the pup was all cleaned up after just an hour in the tub.

 

 See more muddy dogs on the Daily Mail website.

 

P.S. Another tidbit: Blogger Paul Janson – link – reminds us that “Spring Fever” used to be a real disease, thanks to a long winter with little in the way of fruits and vegetables. Back in the 1700s, spring fever was probably really scurvy – the lack of Vitamin C, and it was a serious, often fatal illness. Read more of Paul’s writing here.