Spring and summer are all about fun, family, and going on adventures. From hiking to swimming, we want you to make the most of this beautiful time of year by including your pets in your outdoor escapades! Forming memories with your best friend helps create a stronger bond and makes life better! When you’re planning your next hiking or camping trip, don’t forget to plan ahead to keep your pet safe and protected.
Keep Your Pet Safe This Time of Year
Whether you’re headed to the local park with your pooch or just enjoying a glass of lemonade while your cat frolics in the backyard, consider the following checklist to help ensure you are protecting your best friend from these seasonal dangers.
Spring and Summer Pet Health Checklist At-a-Glance
- Heartworm Prevention
- Flea and tick prevention
- Up-to-Date Microchip
- Healthy Nutrition
Heartworm prevention: Heartworms can wreak havoc on your pet’s health. Don’t let them. Unfortunately, we see a rise in mosquitoes this time of year, and those pesky bugs can carry heartworm disease. Stay up-to-date with your pet’s heartworm prevention to avoid any unnecessary risk.
Flea and tick prevention: We hate fleas and ticks, and your pets do, too. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to keeping your dog or cat flea and tick-free: prevention. Protecting your pet from fleas and ticks is more than just protecting them from scratching, you’re protecting them from Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tapeworms, and other health complications. Having trouble remembering to give your pet his or her preventative each month? Visit our online store and check out our EasyDoseIt monthly delivery for flea and tick prevention products.
Have Your Pets Microchipped or Update Your Pet’s Information: While firework displays are a blast – literally and figuratively – they frighten many pets. In fact, July 5th is the busiest time of year for most shelters because so many pets become scared, disoriented, and lost. Don’t let your pet become one of them. Microchips help pets safely find their way back home. If your dog or cat isn’t microchipped–now’s the time. If your pet is microchipped, make sure his or her information is current.
Vaccinations Lead to More Fun: Yes, that’s right. A vaccinated pup has more fun at the dog park, on a playdate, and at doggy daycare. They can interact with other dogs without the worry of leptospirosis, canine influenza, parvo, or other illnesses.
Your cat should be up-to-date on her vaccines, too. Is your cat safe from rabies, feline distemper, feline leukemia, and feline immunodeficiency virus? If you plan on letting your cat outside, you want to make sure she’s protected. Our Sullivan Family Pet Hospital veterinary team can help in providing a vaccination specifically for your pet’s age, lifestyle and specific needs.
Healthy Nutrition: Active pets need a healthy diet to support their bones, muscles, and brain health. The proper diet can provide your best friend with long-lasting energy that will keep them running through puddles, pouncing on leaves, and ready for the next adventure. If you need to order your pet’s food, check out our online store.
Hydration: On your next long walk or trip to the lake, don’t forget to bring plenty of fresh water for your dog. If your cat is lounging in the sun, you’ll want to make sure she has access to water, too. Spring and summer days can be excessively hot, and hydration should be a top priority for you and your pets.
By planning ahead and ensuring your pets are safe and properly protected, you can make the most of this beautiful time of year . We hope you enjoy all our beautiful city and surrounding areas have to offer, so grab a leash and have a spontaneous spring and fun-filled summer with your pets!
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