After a long, cold winter, dogs can get pretty restless and are more than happy to be enjoying more frequent walks outside, says St. Clair Veterinary Technician Faculty Betsy Wismer.
"It's good for their frame of mind to finally get them outside, just like us," says Wismer. "Getting them out, getting them fresh air, taking them for a very long walk, taking them for a jog, anything like that, helps to get rid of some of that nervous energy and helps to get rid of some of the anxiety and stress that they have."
But it's important to take your dog to the vet for a checkup before heading back outdoors, warns Wismer.
"Spring is usually an ideal time to see your vet to get them set up on flea and tick control and to have a yearly exam to make sure their vaccines are up to date," explains Wismer. "Because at this time, with the nice weather, you're going to be getting them out more, they're going to be coming into contact with more animals and parasites on the ground and ticks that are in the grass."
Aside from flea and tick control, Wismer also suggests heartworm prevention and internal parasite control.