Warmer Weather Ahead: Getting Your Pet Ready for Spring 

A cat checking out some flowers

Spring means plenty of outdoor fun for people and pets alike. Soon, flowers and grasses will emerge, trees will bloom, and the sun will begin to shine a little longer each day. Outdoor fun, coupled with spring yard cleaning and garden planting, are on the horizon.

That’s why the team at Berkeley Veterinary Center is here with some tips on getting your pets ready for spring and the transition of the season.

Parasite Prevention

If your pet isn’t current on their heartworm and flea and tick preventives, now is the time to get them protected. While heartworm infection and flea and tick-borne illnesses are year-round risks, the arrival of warm weather increases these risks. 

Have your pet tested for heartworm disease at your next veterinary visit. Discuss with your veterinarian your pet’s lifestyle and upcoming travel to determine the best possible parasite prevention program for your pets.

Warm Weather Dangers

As the temperatures climb, it is imperative to keep your pet hydrated and out of intense sun. Even at 70 degrees, your pet can become overheated if they are outside exercising or kept in a confined, sunny area. Here are a few reminders about warm weather:

  • Never leave your pet alone in the car for any length of time
  • Limit walks and games of fetch to mornings or evenings, when the temperatures aren’t so warm
  • Bring plenty of water and a collapsible pet bowl wherever you go 
  • Watch your pet closely and bring them to shade whenever they seem uncomfortable or are panting
  • Know the signs of heatstroke, such as excessive panting, red gums, unsteady gait, etc. Seek veterinary care if you observe any of these symptoms

Allergies in Pets

Many pets experience seasonal allergies from a variety of allergens including mold, dust, dust mites, and pollen,. If your pet is sneezing, has eye discharge, or is scratching a lot more than usual, consult us for allergy testing and treatment.

Toxic Plants and Chemicals

Lawn and garden season will soon arrive, and that means amending the soil, spraying for bugs, and planting new greenery. Please be aware, though, that what you spray and plant can be toxic to your pets. 

Avoid noxious, chemical based sprays and fertilizers. Also, avoid mulch containing cocoa shells as its base, as they are poisonous to your pet. Refer to a list of all toxic plants before you choose what you want for your home and garden. The ASPCA has a great resource online for both toxic and non-toxic plants.

Some poisonous plants to avoid:

  • Hemlock
  • Oleander
  • Lilies
  • Crocus and daffodil bulbs
  • Yew
  • Sago palm
  • English ivy
  • Azaleas

Is Your Pet Ready for Spring?

We highly encourage fun-filled days for you pet, with safety in mind.  In addition to a well-deserved spa day, spring preparation for your pet must include awareness of potential seasonal dangers to your pets.

If you would like information on getting your pet ready for spring, or if you would like to make an appointment, please contact us. Enjoy those sunnier days together!

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