Are Your Pets Ready for Spring?

Spring is in the air! This means lots of walks, playing fetch, and exploring with your four-legged friends. As the weather warms up and we spend more time outside in the sun, so do our outdoor pets.

Warmer weather is also a reminder of some seasonal troubles for our canine companions, such as pests and allergies.

As a pet parent, you should prepare your pet for spring and ensure your doggy and kitty are safe and have fun.

Flea and tick prevention
Fleas and ticks are part of the changing season, so make sure you’re using flea and tick prevention products. These pests aren’t just annoying for your pets, they can be harmful to the whole family.

Heartworm tests
Dogs should get tested for heartworm every 12 months, so if you haven’t scheduled your pooch yet, now’s the time. Michigan Humane offers testing at its vet centers, so go to the website or call to see what is available for you.

Microchip and ID tag info
Spring is also a great time to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date. If you don’t have a microchip yet, Bianco recommends you call and schedule something with your vet to get one.

Groom it up
Warmer weather means lots of shedding. Our furry friends get rid of their winter coats for the sleek, thinner attire. For pet parents, this means lots and lots of hair around the house. A regular bath and brush will help keep your home clean and your pet happy.

Watch out for allergies
With grass, flowers, and trees blooming in spring, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, just like we humans do. Keep an eye out for excessive scratching, licking, or hair loss, as these can be classic signs of allergies. If your pet develops any of the symptoms, take them to the vet immediately.