Spring Into Action with a Seasonal Pet Health Check

 

The temperatures are rising and the flowers are starting to bloom; spring has finally sprung! For your dog or cat, springtime can also be a good time to go through a “Spring Pet Health Check”. 

Why are heartworm preventives essential for dogs? 

Heartworm disease is a potentially devastating disease that can cause heart failure and even death if left untreated. Treatment is costly and can be difficult. Prevention is the key when it comes to heartworm disease. If you have never had your pet on a preventative before, your veterinarian will likely want to run a quick blood test to ensure your pet is heartworm negative before prescribing any medications. Look online or ask your vet for brands that s(he) recommends. Shop for these products with coupons.

How do flea and tick preventives also protect you and your home?

Ticks can carry many diseases, some of which can be dangerous, such as Lyme Disease. Flea infestations in your home can be very costly to treat and often require an exterminator. By preventing fleas and ticks, your pet and your home will be healthier. Look for reasonably priced, yet effective, products like Activate II for dogs and Actispot II for cats.

Why treat your pet to a spring makeover?

Warmer temperatures can translate to shedding! Dogs and cats naturally like to be clean, but sometimes they need a little help. Moreover, clipping pet nails will prevent splitting, breaking, and your pet from having difficulty walking.  

Why should warmer weather prompt you to update your vaccines?  

Warmer weather will mean more excursions to places where dogs are welcome. If you and your furry friend frequent the dog park, or other public places, be sure they are up to date on all required vaccinations. Moreover, if you are traveling and your pets are boarding, they will need updated vaccines and proof.

How can you limit spring toxins for pets? 

Spring is a common time to fertilize your lawn. Be sure your lawn care service uses pet-safe products. Keep pets off the grass for the entire time recommended. 

Spring blooms can be pretty, but some plants and flowers are toxic to pets. Check out the ASPCA toxic and not toxic plant list. Easter often brings lily flowers; these are EXTREMELY toxic to cats, less so to dogs, but, dogs exposure should still be avoided. Keep lawn care and cleaning products out of reach of pets with locked cabinets and sheds.  

Why ease into outdoor activity this time of the year?

If you and your pet have been inactive all winter, or your pet is overweight, ease slowly into activity to avoid sprains and muscle injuries or heart and respiratory problems. Start with leashed walks, and shorter play sessions and gradually work up to maximum activity.

 


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