If you’ve ever visited our hemp dispensary in person, you know how much we love animals— especially dogs. Our shop dog, Tula, is one of the greatest joys in life, and she brings happiness to everyone who meets her. We’re well aware of the potential benefits CBD has for people, but we’re also passionate about how much potential CBD has for our furry friends

That’s why, as we begin welcoming back the Spring season, we wanted to offer you a few tips and tricks for that good old-fashioned springtime renewal. After the long winter months, it’s essential that our furry companions receive the care and attention they need to thrive. Here are six springtime health tips for your pets and, of course, a few pointers for giving your pet CBD. 

It’s time for a bath. 

Spring brings shedding season for many pets as they prepare to lose their winter coats. Regular grooming sessions not only help to keep your pet’s fur healthy and shiny but also reduce the risk of matting and skin irritations. Additionally, grooming provides an excellent opportunity to check for any unusual lumps, bumps, or parasites that may have developed over the winter months.

Switch up their food

Just like humans, pets can benefit from a healthy diet and regular exercise. As the weather warms up, take advantage of the sunshine by going for long walks or engaging in active play sessions with your furry friend. If you, like many pet owners, put your pet on a diet for winter, it might be time to begin offering a more balanced diet rich in calories and essential nutrients. As they burn off excess energy with warm weather and activity, a good diet will help to keep your pet’s immune system strong and their energy levels high.

Tidy up their living spaces 

We all feel the urge to deep clean our homes to welcome in the springtime. But spring is also the perfect time to give your pet’s living space a thorough cleaning. Wash their bedding, toys, and food bowls with pet-safe cleaners to remove any accumulated dirt, bacteria, or allergens. If there are old toys they’re no longer playing with, donate them or trash them and offer them something new to enjoy in the warm weather. A clean environment not only promotes better health but also helps to prevent common springtime allergies.

Visit their veterinarian

Schedule a visit to the veterinarian for a comprehensive check-up and vaccinations, especially if you intend to hit the local dog parks, daycares, or other public places as the weather gets warmer. Springtime is also an ideal opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s health or behavior, especially if something sprang up over wintertime. Your vet can offer personalized advice and recommendations based on your pet’s specific needs, from dietary supplements to lifestyle changes. 

Offer them CBD with meals or as treats

CBD, or cannabidiol, has gained popularity for its potential health benefits for both humans and pets. Research suggests that CBD may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress, and discomfort in animals, which will come in handy if the vacuum cleaner stresses your pup out or if you begin spending more time away from the house as the weather warms up. Consider incorporating CBD pet products into your furry friend’s daily routine to promote overall wellness and relaxation. Whether it’s soothing sore muscles and joints with a bacon-flavored CBD tincture or giving them crunchy treats for calming separation anxiety, CBD can be a natural and gentle solution for pets this time of year. 

Make sure to keep the water flowing

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to ensure that your pet stays hydrated. Provide plenty of fresh, clean water at all times, especially after outdoor activities or during extended periods of play. If you keep a water bowl out in the yard, be sure to wash it regularly. Warmer weather, water, and dog slobber make for a cesspool of bacteria, so be sure to keep their dishes clean and keep them hydrated. Dehydration can lead to serious health issues, so encourage your pet to drink regularly throughout the day.

Don’t forget the parasite, tick, and flea preventatives

With the arrival of spring, fleas, ticks, and other pests become much more active. Protect your pet from these pesky parasites by using veterinarian-recommended flea and tick prevention products. It’s a good time of the year to run an annual fecal exam, too. Be sure to check your pet regularly for signs of infestation, such as excessive scratching or visible bugs, and consult your vet if you have any concerns.

By following these springtime health tips, you can ensure that your furry friend enjoys the season to the fullest. From regular grooming and exercise to incorporating CBD pet care into their routine, taking proactive steps to prioritize your pet’s well-being will help them thrive all year round.