How to Prepare Your Pet For Spring
Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing your pet for spring. The change in seasons brings more than warm weather and sunshine. It also brings seasonal troubles like potential pests, allergies, and skin issues for your pet. Thomas Labs® is here to help. Learn what steps you can take to help prepare your pet for spring!
Prevent Against Pests
Although fleas and ticks can be a problem year-round, the nice spring weather is typically an indicator of the beginning of pest season. Your pet will probably be spending more time outdoors, so it’s important to protect your pets against fleas, ticks, and heartworms. These pests can cause numerous problems in pets, including itchy skin and excessive scratching, diseases, bacterial infections, and hot spots.
Successful flea and tick control includes treating your home, treating your pet’s outdoor environment, and using an effective preventative. There are a wide variety of preventative options available, including shampoos, powders, sprays, collars, spot-on treatments, and more. Please be aware that certain treatments are formulated for specific species, so it’s best to consult with your veterinarian to find the best solution for your pet.
Get Your Pet Groomed
As the weather gets warmer, pets start to lose their heavy winter coats to make way for their new spring coats. This means that pets will start to shed and leave hair everywhere. You can help minimize this shedding by brushing your pet regularly and giving them baths with a pet-friendly shampoo.
It’s also a good time to get your pet groomed and their nails trimmed. Regular grooming also helps with flea and tick control. It’s easier for fleas and ticks to hide in long hair, plus shorter hair enables you to thoroughly check your pet for fleas and ticks.
Be Ready for Allergies & Skin Issues
The warmer months tend to bring environmental allergies, especially when the plants are pollinating. Pets can be allergic to grasses, pollens, molds, trees, and ragweed. Seasonal allergies can cause coughing, itching, watery eyes, sneezing, inflamed skin, and shedding. Allergies and pests can lead your pet to excessively scratch and itch, which can result in further issues like bacterial infections and hot spots.
Be ready for spring skin issues with MicoChlor Plus products from Thomas Pet, which were formulated to help with a wide variety of skin issues in pets. These veterinary-strength solutions are antibacterial and antifungal to help with ringworm, dermatitis, hot spots, irritations, and itching. They cleanse and degrease the skin while gently removing dirt, debris, and excess lipids. Plus, they contain aloe, oatmeal, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E to help soothe, enrich, and moisturize the skin and coat.
Inspect Your Yard
Snow, ice, and wind can be hard on your yard. This is why it’s a good idea to check your yard during the spring for potential hazards, including holes in fences that can let your pet out or let wildlife in.
Discourage Wildlife From Coming Onto Your Yard
Wild animals tend to become active in the spring, so it’s important to take steps to discourage wildlife from coming onto your yard. Wild animals can harm your pet, plus they often carry fleas and ticks onto your yard, which can bother your pet. Make sure your yard is free of anything that might entice wildlife, including your pet’s food and water, poop, debris, trash, and rodents.
Ensure Your Pet’s Information Is Up to Date
Have you moved recently? Has your contact information changed? Whether your pet has a microchip or ID tags, making sure that information is up to date is essential. This includes your home address, email address, and phone number. Keeping your pet’s information up to date greatly increases the chances you’ll be reunited with your pet.
Visit the Vet
Spring is a great time for your pet’s annual vet visit, which can help protect your pet from preventable illnesses. Plus, it helps your vet detect diseases earlier when they are often easier to manage and treat. Making sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations is important, especially because many pets spend more time socializing with other pets during the warmer seasons.
Be Aware of Hazardous Items
People often do a thorough cleaning of their homes in the spring, which means they might use new household cleaners. A new, warmer season can also mean new decor, foods, and plants. It’s important to make sure you know what items can be potentially hazardous to your pet and make sure these items are out of your pet’s reach.
Get Some Exercise
The winter months can make it difficult for pet owners and their pets to get enough exercise. If your pet gained a couple of pounds over the winter, now is the time to start exercising again. Overweight pets are at increased risk for a variety of health issues, plus they have a shorter life expectancy. Managing your pet’s weight is essential for overall health.
Are you and your furry friend ready for spring? Following the tips above will help ensure your pet stays healthy and safe this spring!
The materials and information provided on this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your veterinarian or other pet healthcare professional. Consult your own veterinarian if you have medical questions concerning diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.