Spring Cleaning for Pet Owners
Spring has sprung early this year! That means it's time to start our spring cleaning list to make the environment safer and more fun for us and our pets.
For dog owners, it may be time for the annual "poo pick up." Feces that have accumulated in the yard are not just an unsightly and stinky mess, but they can contaminate the yard with parasites that can affect pets and children. Cleaning the yard on a cold morning after most of the snow has melted makes the feces easier to remove. Services can also be hired to do this if you prefer to pay a company to deal with this nasty chore for you ;)
Your fence, whether electronic or traditional, may have suffered from the snow and cold of winter. Check your fence to be sure it will still contain your pets.
Some diseases are more prevalent with the warmer weather. This includes intestinal parasites spread by other animals including wildlife and infectious disease found in puddles and ponds. Ticks will be active as soon as the snow cover melts, and they do not wait for the warm weather. Last year, we removed deer ticks from patients in the beginning of March. Fleas and Ticks can also carry other diseases that may infect your pet. Be sure to continue your parasite preventatives throughout the year, whatever the weather.
A tune up for your pet will ensure that it is ready for summer fun. This should include an honest assessment of your pet's weight. Overweight pets have a much higher risk of disease and injury. Your veterinarian can assess your pet's body condition score during an examination and make recommendations for your pet's ideal weight. Getting your pet in shape and increasing it's acitvity level gradually before the summer will reduce your pet's risk of injury.
Have your pet's microchip checked to lessen worries about your pet getting lost in the neighborhood or on your summer travels.
The veterinarian will want to know about your pet's lifestyle to determine what your pet needs to prevent disease, including interactions with other pets, visits to the park, boarding, and travel. Vaccinations will give your pet natural immunity against many infectious diseases.
Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting pets. Treating any dental infections, fractures, and gingivitis now will ensure that dental disease does not interrup your pet's summer activities.
Cats who stay indoors can avoid many dangers including cars and predators, but they still are vulnerable to some diseases. Intruders including mosquitoes, mice, and bats can bring diseases into the house. Therefore, preventative care is important to our feline friends as well.
Your veterinarian will help you decide what you pet needs to stay healthy this spring so you can all enjoy the season together!