Is Your cat or dog Ready for Spring?
17 February 2022 — Cats and Dogs
Spring is in the air! Snow is slowly melting, birds are starting to sing, buds are blooming, and the weather is nicer every day. Which means you’ll soon be able to spend more time outside with your furry friend. Even your cat is hanging out by the door and the windows to breathe in the fresh air! However, warmer weather also means certain seasonal problems for your pets, such as parasites and allergies.
As pet parents, we must ensure our cats and dogs’ safety and well-being. Here is a list to help you get your pet ready so you can safely enjoy spring to the fullest.
Grooming Is Key
With the warmer season also comes shedding season. Indeed, your pet is getting rid of their heavy winter coat for a lighter one. This means you will find hair all over the place. Obviously, it is more important than ever to brush your pet regularly, and maybe even, visit the groomer.
Ensure Tick and Flea Control
Spring is the season when ticks and fleas are everywhere near your house. These bloodsuckers can transmit parasites dangerous to your pet, so make sure to stay vigilant. During the warmer periods, it is important to give your dog a preventive treatment against ticks and fleas, whether it’s in the form of shampoos, oral tablets or topicals. Obviously, treating your pet against parasites all year long is even better. Also, make sure to check their fur after each walk.
Take Action Against Worms
Along with protecting your pet against ticks and fleas, it is crucial to protect them against worms. One of the biggest dangers for your pet is heartworm, which is transmitted through mosquito bites. Be proactive and have your cat or dog dewormed immediately.
Keep an Eye on Allergies
In the spring, nature awakens, everything blooms around us, which can cause your pet to suffer from seasonal allergies. Be aware of your cat or dog’s behaviour. If they are scratching or licking themselves excessively or losing a lot of hair, it could be a sign of allergies. We recommend consulting your vet if this is the case.
Make Sure Vaccines Are Up to Date
During this time of the year, your pet comes in contact with a lot of other pets, which can have been vaccinated or not. Consequently, it is crucial that your cat or dog be well protected against potential illnesses. However, although vaccination is important, your pet doesn’t necessarily need vaccines against all illnesses. Make an appointment with your vet to make sure that all required vaccines are up to date.
Spending time outdoors with your pet during the warmer months is as much fun for you as it is for them. With the right preparation, you can have peace of mind and enjoy this wonderful time of the year to the fullest!
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