As much as we love winter, we are glad spring is here. Each season presents safety hazards for pets & spring is no exception. In fact, this beautiful weather can cause you to throw caution to the wind as you race outdoors to soak up the sun & fresh air. We encourage you to slow down & insure your pet doesn’t become victim to a springtime menace. We hope that by having a small check list of spring pet health reminders, you can help keep your pet happier & healthier. (click on highlighted links below for further information)
Start parasite preventives! The main reason why we should worry about parasites infecting our pets is the impact they have on our own lives. They can cause illnesses which can be quite debilitating, not only in our pets but people as well. Protecting pets from biting insects like ticks & mosquitoes is becoming an essential part of protecting the health of your pets & your family from infectious diseases! Parasite preventatives are prescribed based on your pet’s health, lifestyle & environment they live in. Remember even indoor pets can be exposed to parasites.
Update vaccines! Warmer weather means more excursions to places where dogs are welcome & your cat might be begging to get out more often. Make sure they are up to date on all required vaccinations. Vaccinations help protect your pet from a number of potentially serious & even fatal diseases. It is important to make your vaccination decisions in consultation with a veterinarian so they can be tailored to meet your pet’s individual needs.
Spring coat tune up! Spring time is shedding time! Dogs & cats naturally like to be clean, but sometimes they need a little help. Grooming can be done at home, or by a professional groomer. Be sure to keep nails trimmed in order to prevent splitting & breaking. We offer 50 % off nail trims every Wednesday & we offer cat grooming under sedation. Take advantage of our services & book now.
Allergy Control! Humans are not the only ones affected by seasonal allergies. Known as atopy in dogs & cats, seasonal & environmental allergies can be just as insufferable for them as they are for us. Atopy is the most common form of allergy in cats & dogs. If you think your pet has allergies call us & find out how you can support your pet with proper nutrition, supplementation & prescription allergy control medications, if needed.
Ease into activity! If you & your pet have been inactive all winter, ease slowly into activity. Start with leashed walks, shorter play sessions & gradually work up to maximum activity. Starting all at once can lead to injuries & sore muscles.
Limit exposure to spring toxins! Most cleaners & fertilizers are harmful to pets as are some of the plants in our yards. Make sure you keep all cleaners stored in safe location or better yet use pet safe products. If you suspect your pet might have been exposed to a toxin call us &/or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a pet’s poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet. Find out more about Eco-friendly Pet Care.
If your cat is aggressive or has high anxiety while at the veterinary hospital but requires medical &/or preventative care, please contact us. We know that as a consequence of the stress associated with veterinary visits, many cats & their families avoid visiting their vet! It has been our experience, that we often don’t see cats until they are very sick. Please don’t wait if you think something is wrong with your cat! Sometimes, we can dispense medications to your cat prior to the veterinary visit to help relieve the pet’s anxiety . At home, consider bringing the cat carrier out few days before the appointment & have them get use to it by going in & out of it. Upon arrival bring them immediately into the exam room. Allow your pet to wander in the exam room for a few minutes so they realize no one is going to harm them!! We use a “happy cat pheromone”, the Feliway diffuser, plugged into the cat room to help lower their anxiety. We are, of course, not below giving treats to bribe your pet if it makes the veterinary visit more pleasant We are here to help you keep your pet healthy & happy!
A missing or lost pet is a heart wrenching experience for pet owners. The best chance for pets to be reunited with their owners is for the pet to have a microchip that a veterinarian or shelter can scan.