4 Spring Pet Health Tips
With spring right around the corner, you may be anticipating spending some quality time outside and away from the house. Your pets may be just as excited as well. However, there are certain spring hazards that could impact your pets’ health. To keep your pets happy and healthy, there are certain tips that you can follow.
1. Update Your Pets’ IDs
All of your pets should have a collar complete with ID tags. These ID tags should include your up-to-date information, including your name, phone number and address. Additionally, you can have your cat or dog micro-chipped in the event that they become lost. If you move, make sure to update the microchip information. Pets should always be wearing their IDs, even if you’re just letting them out into your yard.
2 Protect Your Feathered Friends
If you have cats, you likely understand just how strong their need to hunt really is. For your backyard birds, this can be bad news. Domestic cats pose a very serious threat; in fact, research from the Wildlife Management Institution shows that domestic cats have been responsible for hunting 33 bird species to extinction worldwide. The birds themselves can actually be harmful to your cat. Not only can the bird bones be serious choking hazards, but birds also may transmit parasites.
There are certain things you can do to protect the birds from your cat. Feeding your cat at sunset and sunrise, which is when the birds are most active, will ensure that your pet won’t be active at this time. By fastening a bell to your cat’s collar, any birds on the ground will be alerted to your cat’s presence. Finally, put bird seed in feeders that are elevated to make it more difficult for your cat to get to their prey.
3. Pet-friendly Spring Cleaning
After being stuck indoors all season long, you may jump at the chance to fling open your windows and get to cleaning when the warm weather arrives. However, harsh chemicals can actually have a negative impact on your pets’ health. If you have outdoor pets, letting them out into the backyard while you clean can prevent them from having to breathe in all of those harmful chemicals. If you have indoor cats, move them to another room to keep them more comfortable while you clean.
Another option is to use organic cleaning materials, such as white distilled vinegar and baking soda. There are also commercial environmentally-friendly cleaning products available at many local stores.
4. Spring Vaccinations and Medications
A flea infestation can happen very quickly once the weather warms up. Instead of waiting for an infestation to happen, get your flea medications early. Most flea medications should be applied to your pets monthly to keep health hazards to your pet low. The beginning of spring is also a great time to visit the vet to get your pets’ heartworm preventatives and any other medications taken care of for the year.
The flea medication should also protect your pet against ticks. However, there are occasions where ticks can still bite. If your pet is exhibiting unusual behavior, you may want to groom him or her to look for ticks. If you find and remove a tick, keep the tick in a screw-top jar so you can show your vet if you need to.
Natural flea prevention is also available, there are many online sources to help you prevent fleas.
A Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet
The beginning of spring is always welcome, especially if you and your pets have been holed up all winter long. However, this is the time when your pets are most at risk. By paying special attention to your pets’ health this spring, you’ll have happy family members who are ready to spend the new spring with you.