Offering Some General Advice On How To Get Your Pets Ready For Spring To Keep Them Happy, Healthy, And Safe

The spring season is nearly here! As the seasons change and the weather becomes warmer, it’s time to start thinking about getting your pets prepared for the nicer weather and warmer temperatures. This includes things like flea & tick prevention, grooming, allergy prevention, and more! To help set your pets up for success, this article will offer some general advice on how to help your pets have a smooth transition into the spring season. 

A cat receiving flea & tick prevention solution

A cat receiving flea & tick prevention solution

Flea & Tick Prevention

One of the most important things you can do for your pets is give them some form of flea & tick treatment. As temperatures rise, so does the activity of fleas and ticks. These pesky parasites can make your pet’s life miserable and, in some cases, transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis

Before spring hits, make sure your pets are up to date on their flea and tick prevention. Flea & tick prevention comes in 3 forms, topical solution, oral pill, or a collar. Each of these forms of flea & tick prevention have their pro’s and con’s. So, consult with your veterinarian to determine which form of treatment is best for your pets. For more information about flea and tick prevention, click here

Seasonal Allergies

Just like people, pets can also suffer from seasonal allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of allergic reactions like sneezing, excessive licking, excessive scratching, itchy skin, hot spots, etc, then consult with your veterinarian to have them tested. If your pet has known allergies, then make it a point to put them on an allergy medication as prescribed by your veterinarian. 

Additionally, be sure to stock up on any necessary allergy medications your pets may need. Also, make it a point to survey your property and look for any plants, weeds, or flowers that could potentially irritate your pets’ allergies and remove them. Giving your pets an allergy free environment now will set them up for success come springtime. 

A dog being brushed

A dog being brushed

Grooming And Shedding

Spring is synonymous with shedding for many pets, as they prepare to lose their winter coat. Regular grooming is crucial during this time to help remove loose fur, preventing matting and reducing the risk of hairballs. Brush your pets on a daily basis for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will help promote a healthy coat and make them feel more comfortable as the weather becomes warmer. For pets with long hair, consider scheduling a professional grooming session to get rid of excess fur and prevent overheating in the warmer weather.

Gradual Exercise

Daily exercise is essential for both dogs and cats in order to stay happy and healthy. However, there is a good chance that most pets haven’t been getting a great deal of exercise during the frigid winter months. Odds are your pets will be excited to get outside and get some long overdue exercise. However, it’s important that they don’t initially overdo it and potentially hurt themselves in the process.

A dog at the veterinarian

A dog at the veterinarian

Wellness Checkup & Up-To-Date Vaccinations

Lastly, it’s a good idea to schedule a wellness checkup for your pets before Spring is here. This allows you to address any concerns or changes in behavior you may have noticed during the winter months. Additionally, this gives you the chance to make sure your pets are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. 

Some veterinarian offices are booked out for months ahead of time. Therefore, planning this out now will save you valuable springtime for both you and your furry friends. This is also an excellent time to discuss preventive care, dental health, and nutrition to ensure your pets are in optimal condition for the upcoming season. 

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