Good Preventive Spring Health Care for your Pet
on April 19, 2016
Posted in Preventative Care
Spring reminds all of us of spring cleaning, but maybe your pet needs some ” Spring Cleaning”.
Here is a list of some great preventive tips for your pet’s health.
- Review your pet’s nutrition–a good diet is essential to your pet’s health. Feeding your pet a nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do for him or her. This diet can be home made and well balanced, or a commercial diet that is made from wholesome ingredients. If you are wondering about how well your pet’s diet ask your veterinarian or consult with a veterinary nutritionist.
- Make sure your home is pet proofed. Puppies tend to get into everything–chew on electrical cords, try to open cupboards, get into the garbage and cat box! Adult dogs and cats can be just as bad so now it’s a good time to look around your home and identify potential hazards. Keep all cleaning supplies and chemicals out of paws reach. Consider using only non-toxic or green cleaners that are easier on the environment–remember your pet gets a lot more exposure to the chemicals you use to clean your floors than you do.
- Check to see if your pet needs parasite prevention or necessary vaccines. Pets do not need to be vaccinated yearly but they do need some vaccines sometimes but less is usually more. Heartworm and flea prevention need to be on your radar in the spring. There is no effective holistic heartworm prevention but you do have natural options when it comes to fleas and ticks. One such option is 0Bug!Zone for Dogs or for fleas on dogs only Pouch Protect Bug Repellent Spray
- Grooming—dogs and cats shed at this time of year—it maybe time for a good brushing or a trip to the groomer for a fashionable cut! It will be easier to control parasites and make him cooler in the heat of summer.
- Clean up your yard. Often in the spring, there are dead branches, dead critters, or other debris that can hurt your pet. Whatever has happened in the yard could be harmful to your pet so it is worth a good clean up and check up. Your dog may think old bones and dead birds are great but you won’t if it means a trip to the emergency room!
- Check your fence. If you had a puppy in the fall, he or she may be old enough to jump your fence now, or the fence may have developed a hole or had parts come loose from the frost. Items you have placed for storage by the fence may need to be removed now.
- Check under your stairs or decks. Mice and other varmints may have decided to nest there over the winter and your pet may be attracted to their nests. Items such as bottle caps, screws or nails can fall through the slats and can hurt your pet if he or she wriggles under there. It is best to seal up any holes if you find them.
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan