It is normal to get excited about spring and getting back to outdoor activities, such as taking long walks with your dog. It is quite likely that your dog loves it just as much as you do. There are, however, some things you need to keep in mind. Here are some springtime safety tips for your pet.
- Spring Flowers– Some spring flowers are very popular, especially around Easter, for bringing into the home and for enjoying as they poke through upon their spring awakening. However, some of them are very toxic to dogs, cats, and other pets. Keep your pets away from daffodils, amaryllis, tulips, oleander, narcissus, iris, and birds of paradise. To be safe, consider planting daisies, marigolds, roses, sunflowers, violets, zinnia, petunias, and aster. Lilies are safe for dogs, but they are toxic for cats.
- Flea & Tick Protection– Ideally, your pet should be on flea & tick protection all year, but if you skipped it during the winter, now is the time to get them back on it. If you skipped heartworm, be sure to have them tested before starting it back up, and you may want to consider the 12-month injectable heartworm prevention so you can’t forget in these busy spring and summer months!
- Rabies Vaccination– Many other critters become more active as the weather warms and some can carry rabies. If your pet hasn’t had their annual vaccination yet, this is a good time to consider it.
- Grooming– Why not look good while out on those walks, right? Besides, some pets can benefit from a good grooming to help them shed their winter coat.
- Spay/Neuter– Your dog or cat was protected from unwanted pregnancy while in the house all winter, but they won’t be once they are out and running about. Preferably, keep them on a leash for their safety, but getting them spayed/neutered will avoid a neighboring loose pet running up to yours and doing what they are inclined to do.
- Schedule Boarding– If your family’s vacation is coming up soon, it’s a good idea to call ahead to reserve your boarding spot.
At Mooresville Animal Hospital, we can assist you with a variety of ways to keep your pets safer this spring. Don’t hesitate to ask us about vaccinations, grooming, boarding, or flea & tick prevention. We are very committed to your pet’s happiness and health. Call today to learn more.