Winter is finally fading away, and we’re so happy to get outside and go on more adventures and long walks with our pets. Spring isn’t just for warmer weather, beautiful scenery, and more time outside – some potential pet health hazards come along with the warmer temperatures. We have some simple tips to help protect your pet as the weather gets warmer.
- Work to keep the bugs away. Protecting your pet is more simple than you think! Is your pet on a regular flea/tick preventive? What about heartworm? If the answer to either of these questions is no, please contact us to get them started! Tick-borne diseases—like leptospirosis—are on the rise. Some of these diseases can be deadly and can also be transmitted to humans. Heartworm is transmitted through mosquito bites. The deadly disease is expensive and difficult to treat, but it can be prevented easily. Ask us what we recommend for your pet.
- Don’t get lost. As the weather warms, more pets (and their humans!) will want to be enjoying the great outdoors. Accidents happen, and if your pet gets lost, you’ll greatly increase his chances of coming home if you have him microchipped and you ensure your contact information is up to date on the microchip registration. Stop in for a quick check of your pet’s microchip. If your pet is not microchipped, we can help you get this off of your to-do list.
- Control allergies with treatment, diet, and medications. Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies. Allergic reactions in cats and dogs can cause itching, sneezing, skin irritation, and even life-threatening reactions to insect bites and stings. There are options to prevent common allergic reactions in pets, so call our office if you suspect your dog or cat is suffering from allergies.
- Keep contagious diseases in check. The weather is warmer, and as contact between animals increases, so does the likelihood of the spread of contagious diseases, such as parvo and upper respiratory viruses. Be sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines. Call our office to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on vaccines that can protect them from certain diseases.
- Don’t sacrifice health for beauty. You might be thinking of beautifying your property this spring, but, according to the Pet Poison Helpline, fertilizers and mulch can contain potentially toxic substances. Be sure to keep your dog or cat away from treated areas to prevent gastrointestinal or pancreatic problems.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! We want to make sure that you and your pet get to enjoy the beautiful weather heading to the Oxford area!