Spring is in the air! Snow is slowly melting, birds are starting to sing, buds are blooming, and the weather is getting nicer every day. Therefore, you’ll soon be able to spend more time outside with your furry friend. You may even notice your dog or cat hanging out by the door or windows just to breathe in a gust of fresh spring 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 dog or cat ready for spring so you can enjoy it to the fullest!
Is Your Dog or Cat Ready for Spring?
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!
Keep Them Hydrated
With warmer weather, it is especially important to make sure that your dog or cat is staying hydrated. Hydration is important for virtually every bodily function including regulating body temperature. If your pet does not drink enough water from their water dish, try adding in some wet food for dogs or cats to add more hydration to their diet.