It’s officially spring, and we’re seeing higher temperatures and enjoying more chances to take our pets outside for some fun. As nice as that sounds, warm weather and outdoor activities also present certain dangers to our pets. The good news is that we can protect our furry pals.
1. Practice heartworm preventative. Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted via mosquito bites. If you’re thinking that you don’t need to worry because you don’t see many mosquitos where you live, think again. All pets – regardless of where they live – should be protected.
2. Guard your pet against fleas and ticks. Your pet is more likely to come into contact with them if they are out romping in the grass, hiking with you, or playing at the dog park. Fleas and ticks not only irritate your pet, they can cause serious health problems. Protect your pet with an oral or topical treatment.
3. Keep them cool. On warmer days, you may want to walk your pet in the morning or evening to avoid high midday temperatures. Be sure to bring water for your pal and watch for signs of heatstroke, like excessive panting, staggering, and high body temperature.
4. Prepare your pet for seasonal allergies. If you notice your pet itching, scratching, or sneezing after playing outside, they might be having an allergic reaction. Contact your veterinarian; after testing your pet they may prescribe an antihistamine and/or suggest more frequent baths.
5. Beware of poisons. Certain foods, plants, and rodenticides/insecticides are poisonous to pets, and you should be aware so that you can keep your pet safe. The most poisonous foods for pets are garlic, onions, grapes, raisins, apricots, caffeine, chocolate, gum, alcohol, and salt.
6. Steer clear of foxtails. Foxtails are grass-like weeds that show up between May and December in most of the U.S. If your pet comes into contact with a foxtail, it can become easily embedded in their feet, ears, eyes, nose, or skin due to its sharp point and tiny barbs. Protect your pet by learning the species of foxtail native to your region and avoiding overgrown areas.
So, is your pet ready for spring? If not – or if you have any questions or need a preventive treatment – AOL desktop gold troubleshooting calls our office today to schedule an appointment. We have everything you need to prepare your pet for the warmer weather ahead.