A good, long bath for your dog.
Perhaps, like me, you manage just short baths or quick wipe-downs during the cold weather. If so, take time to give your pets a good, long bath - using your preferred method. For example, you could bath your smaller dogs in the shower/bath. The bigger dogs may need outside buckets of warm water and more buckets of rinse water.
If you haven't completely soaked your pet to the skin (hard with breeds featuring dense coats), now is the time. Personally, I brush my dogs after they dry, but brushing them before a bath makes sense too.
Shave down for the longer hair coats.
I like to shave my long haired dogs down for summer so this is a good time to get this done. I have my own clippers for shave-downs … my dogs are used to being laughed at by my other dogs that don’t require “the shave”. You will probably want to schedule an appointment with your pet groomer to have your dog looking his best.
Wipe out those ears.
I clean my dogs' ears once a week if they have big, erect ears because the winter winds blow a lot of dirt inside. Still, it's a good spring cleaning task, if you don't do it often. Never stick anything inside your pet's ear canal, but you can use an over-the-counter ear cleaner to loosen dirt so that you can wipe it away with a cotton ball, tissue or wet cloth.
Check the rear regions.
Trust me. No one wants to go poking around their pet's back end, but it's important to check to be sure everything looks okay, is clean and shows no sign of trouble (swelling, undue odor, discharge).
Get rid of eye “goobers”.
You can also use a warm, wet cloth to wipe your pet's eyes and remove tear staining and any residue - called eye “goobers” at our house.
Check pads for cracks.
Be sure to check your pet's feet for wintertime cracks and abrasions. Snow, ice, sidewalk melt and other cold weather dangers can put your pet's feet through a lot of wear. Before you take your pet on any warm-weather treks this spring, check his feet and pads for any injuries.
Now is a good time to check out the toenails. Take care not to cut them too short. If you do cut to deep, keep some quick stop styptic powder on hand to stop the bleeding. I know some folks swear by a nail grinder, but I've never gotten brave enough to try one.
Schedule his yearly checkup.
Now that he is all cleaned up, schedule an appointment with his veterinarian’s office for his yearly checkup. The yearly checkup is vital to keeping your dog in top form.
I hope these tips help your dog get ready for spring.