Healthy Spring in Your Pet’s Step: Spring Health

By March 2, 2017 Pet Care No Comments

Spring brings warmer weather. This means more time outside with your dog enjoying sunny days. Of course, a change in seasons also brings new things that could be concerns for you and your pet. This spring, prepare and leave yourself more time to enjoy the season.

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Allergies

People aren’t the only ones who experience sneezing, watery eyes, and sinus problems. The bloom and burst of pollen can cause much the same symptoms in dogs and cats. Your pets may exhibit signs like watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, licking, and excessive scratching. Some things can be treated at home. You can try a calming bath with special soap for itchiness. Some allergy symptoms can be treated at home with Benadryl—always be sure to ask a vet.

Growing Things

For outdoor pets, new plant life poses more than a risk for allergies. Some plants are poisonous if ingested. There are also insecticides and herbicides that, though they’re helpful for the lawn and garden, can be harmful for pets. Store these things away from your pets, and be aware of what your pet is doing when he’s outside. Avoid planting toxic things and try to use natural plant treatments.

Opening Doors and Windows

We like to let a fresh breeze cool the house on nice days, or days when it’s hot and we don’t want to overuse the air conditioner. Your cat or dog may enjoy this chance to smell the air, and see what’s happening outdoors. Make sure that you leave screens shut so that they don’t get out, and to prevent problems like mosquitoes from getting in.

Pest Control

The burst of spring brings bugs. It’s time to make sure your pets are up-to-date on all of their preventatives—heartworm, flea, tick, and mosquito. If your dog or cat lives outside most, or all of the time, consult with your veterinarian about the best protective plan for what lives in your area.

We’re ready for spring at Pet Vet Hospitals. Bring your furry family in for a spring health checkup and a plan to enjoy the season, while still remaining safe.