Tulips bloom, songbirds chorus, lilac fragrance filters the air, and rainfall sparks growth and green. Spring has sprung and with it comes outdoor adventures, for both people and pets. As more outings commence, there are also increased health and safety concerns for our pets.
Defend Against Disease
Bats, skunks, and raccoons can carry rabies, and if our pets are bitten and aren’t properly vaccinated, a major health crisis can and often does take place, and it often leads to death. Vaccinate your pets against rabies, parvo, leukemia and other fatal diseases; talk to your vet about prevention.
Heartworm is another very lethal disease, and fleas and ticks can make pets miserable as well as very sick. Prevention is the cure – again, consult with your vet.
Get the Groom On!
Spring brings warmer temperatures and a good grooming can not only help alleviate the flea and tick infestations, but also helps your dog and cat feel more comfortable as those temperatures rise. Trimming hair, cleaning ears, and brushing teeth keeps your furry friend happier and healthier.
With more time spent outside, the opportunity for a pet to get lost rises like the increasing temperature.
Slipping from a leash or harness, high-tailing it over the fence, lost while hiking, or escaping during a thunderstorm – all of these possibilities are concerning. Ensure your pet has a collar with ID tag and/or is microchipped and that way can be returned home more quickly. Alleviate your anxiety of your pet’s potential disappearance by having proper, and accurate, identification on your furry friend.
For more information and a good read about spring pet health and safety concerns, visit http://goodnewsforpets.com/spring-pet-safety-tips/.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.