Winter is finally in the rearview mirror, and things are warming up again. Many of our furry patients absolutely love spring, and get quite playful as the warm weather returns. However, you’ll need to make some minor adjustments to your pet’s care regimen as the seasons change. A local vet offers some spring pet care tips in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas.
Keep Up WIth Brushing
Fluffy and Fido may make a bit of a mess as they change into their summer outfits. Brush your pet daily during peak shed times. You may also want to vacuum every day. You don’t have to do the whole house daily: go over the high-traffic spots, and then follow up with weekly cleanings. Remember to change your air filters, too!
Pets can develop allergies, just as humans do. Spring is a peak time for seasonal allergies, particularly for pets that react to things like pollen, grass, and leaves. Watch for warning signs, such as sneezing, itching, red eyes, and/or hot spots. Contact your vet if you notice anything off.
If you paused your furry pal’s heartworm prevention over the winter, this is the time to start up again. Parasites will soon be coming out in droves! You’ll also want to make sure that your pet is current on their vaccinations. Many wild animals will be out and about a lot at this time of year. If you leave near fields, pastures, or wooded areas, or in places where there are a lot of wild animals, Lepto may also be a risk. Ask your vet for more information.
Be Cautious Of Chemicals
As the weather warms up, many people will be heading outside to tend to their lawns and gardens. Many lawn and garden chemicals are toxic to our furry friends. Fertilizer, herbicide, pesticides, and slug bait are just a few of the things that are poisonous to pets. Keep Fido and Fluffy away from areas you are working on. If you apply products, water the lawn after, so the chemicals seep into the soil. It’s also a good idea to opt for nontoxic products when possible.
Is your furry buddy due for an exam? Contact us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your local Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas!