Are your pets ready for Spring?
The weather is warming up, you’ve watched every episode of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo in preparation for Spring cleaning, and your pets are ready for walks, exploring the backyard again, and playing fetch. Spring provides us with a much needed break from winter, but the change to warmer weather can also give our pets a few troubles.
As a pet parent, there are a handful of things we can do to help prepare our furry children for this time of year.
Groom, Groom, Groom
Warmer weather typically means a lot of shedding. Our pets are going to start losing their winter coats, and that means they are going to need some help getting rid of some extra fur. A regular brush and bath will help keep hair from collecting around your house, and give your pet a fresh, new look and feel. This is a great time to take advantage of Mercy grooming services. Pair a haircut with a bath, nail trim, and even a teeth cleaning, and your pet will be well prepared for the Spring.
Also, if your bathing your dog yourself, remember that people shampoos ARE NOT for pets – they have skin sensitivities quite different than our own.
Tick and Flea Control
As we tend to go outside and become more active with our pets in the Spring, fleas and ticks are coming out as well. While we should be giving our pets flea and tick control year-round, it is imperative to do so during the warmer months. That said, if you are going to start with a rinse or tablet preventative, you’ll need to have your pet tested before beginning, as the treatment could be useless if they already have fleas and ticks.
Much like flea and tick prevention, your pet should have a preventative solution for heartworm year-round. However, tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms have proven to be more of a problem in the Spring and Summer months. A heartworm test is also an absolute necessity before starting prevention.
Keep a lookout for seasonal allergies in your pets. The grass is growing, flowers and trees are blooming and your pet can easily react to these seasonal changes. Watch for excessive licking, scratching, sneezing, coughing, or hair loss. If your pet begins to exhibit these symptoms, bring them in to the clinic as soon as possible.
While vaccinations can be done at any time, your pet is more likely to be out and about over the next few months. This also increases the likeliness of interacting other pets and people. If you are going to the dog park, or on a walk, it’s important that your pet be up to date on ALL vaccines. This is not only for your pets protection, but a city ordinance, as well.
If you are ready to get prepared for Spring, sign up for an exam today: