Tips from a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle offer ideas on how to get your pet ready for springtime. If you’ve got a springtime pet, or any animal that loves the outdoors, it’s a good idea to abide by these tips to be sure that your pet stays healthy and keep your veterinarian bills to a minimum.
- No more fleas! Be sure to administer regular flea and tick medication to your pet to prevent these nasty critters from invading your home and causing itching, stress, and annoyance to your pet.
- Prevent heartworm. Heartworm is a dangerous condition that can eventually lead to death if left untreated. During the spring, more mosquitoes, which are the carriers of heartworm, are out and about. Get your pet tested and be sure to keep him on a regular heartworm preventative.
- *Trupanion recommends that you keep your pet up to date on heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives not only during the spring, but year-round to keep your pet healthy.
- Treat allergies. If your pet develops hot spots, more frequent itching, scratching, licking, or hair loss, he may be allergic to something. Make a trip to the vet to learn about how to deal with these symptoms.
- Watch out for poisonous plants and other toxins. If you allow your pet to roam free, be sure there are no poisonous plants that may cause harm. Also be sure to keep them away from fertilized and pesticide-sprayed gardens.
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