Spring is a great time to start getting out and about. Even short walks around the neighborhood can be good for you and your pet, but the warming weather can bring certain risks as well. Now is the time to have important prevention screenings done to protect your pets from mosquitos that carry heartworm and ticks that carry Lyme disease. Here are a few ways you can keep your pet safe.
- Schedule screenings with your veterinarian. Spring is when pests start to really come out and multiply. Now is the time to work on scheduling screenings with your veterinarian to help your pet through the pesky pest season.
- Blood tests and vaccinations are crucial. Some diseases, like heartworms, aren’t going to show external signs like a tick bite would. Blood tests can help diagnose and give you prevention options for moving forward.
- Don’t fall behind on preventative medications. Even during the winter, your dog should get preventative heartworm and tick medication every month. Falling behind on these medications makes your pet vulnerable to life-threatening diseases.
- Protect your pet and yourself. There are many mosquito and tick repellant sprays out there that can protect you when you go outside. Make sure you have a human version and a pet-safe version, and do NOT mix them up or assume they are interchangeable.
- Avoid walks when it is peak mosquito time. Mosquitos love the evening, so avoid walks when you can during this time. If you do go out, protect yourself with preventative options and repellants.
- Make your yard unfriendly to pests. Ticks thrive in long grasses, woodpiles and shrubs. Mosquitos love standing water– even a small puddle will do! Show pests that they aren’t welcome in your yard by maintaining short, clean grass and having a shocking lack of standing water.
- Keep your indoors a safe haven. Your pets are at risk even indoors! Make sure your windows all have proper, intact screen protection.
- Check fur for ticks regularly. Ticks can latch on easily to an animal– even if they just make a quick trip out back! Check your pet regularly for ticks when they come inside, especially in places like in between toes, under their ears, under the collar and where their legs meet their body.
We here at Mooresville Animal Hospital want to ensure that your pets are safe from harmful Lyme disease and heartworm this year. We would love to take a look at your pets to get them started on preventative measures this spring, so give us a call today if you need an appointment!