8 Spring Tips for Dogs & Cats

Spring Tips for Dogs

Update Your Pets Vaccinations: Dogs & Cats: Springtime is the season when our 4-legged friends frolic and play outside. It is a good time to visit your vet and be sure Fido and Fluffy are healthy and up to date on shots. If you prefer to minimize vaccinations, ask your vet about titers. Titers are blood samples that document whether or not your pet has enough internal immunity to protect him or her for example against Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, and Rabies. Titers are available for viral cat diseases too.

Protect Pets against Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks. As the weather gets warmer, mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks become more active. These pesky parasites can cause a myriad of health problems for dogs and cats. Make sure your pet is on an effective preventative for heartworms, fleas, and ticks. We offer traditional and holistic options.

Pet Allergies: Just like people, pets suffer from allergies. In fact, over 20% of dogs and cats are affected by seasonal allergies. That is 1 out of every 5 pets. Humans often get runny eyes, stuffy noses, and scratchy throats. Common signs of pet allergies include itching, licking, biting, and scratching. In addition to anxiety, constant itching usually leads to skin infections. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, visit your veterinarian. We offer natural pet supplements including PAAWS and PAAWS Plus along with Immunotherapy, both effective options to boost your pet’s internal immunity and bring relief.

Plant Pet-Friendly Gardens: There are all kinds of pet-safe edible herbs including basil, sage, catnip, peppermint, and dill. Add a variety of tasty vegetables, watermelon plants, bamboo, and a few African violets. If you live in an apartment, grow some herbs on a sunny windowsill; cats love nibbling on fresh young sprouts. Be creative, gardens are fun to create, they look great, smell good, and are healthy.

Home-Made Fresh Organic Pet Diets: Don’t be afraid to prepare your pooch a healthy homemade diet. 1/3 lean protein including beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish, along with 1/3 long-acting carbs such as oatmeal, pasta, quinoa, and rice, and finally fresh veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and Brussels sprouts. If your pet’s pudgy and needs to lose a few pounds, cut the carbs, and go with 50/50 lean proteins and veggies.

Swimming with Fido: As the weather warms up, you and your dog might be tempted to take a dip in a nearby lake or pool. Swimming is a great way for your pooch to cool off and get some exercise. Be sure your dog can swim before he or she jumps in, and never let your dog swim unattended.  If you’re not sure about your canine’s water skills, get your dog some swimming lessons and grab a well-fitting canine life jacket.

Pet Home Hair Care: As the weather warms up, pets start to shed, and as they say, Fur Fly’s. Instead of vacuuming up all that hair, roll up your sleeves, get a nice organic pet shampoo, and give Fido a bath. Be sure to comb out all the mats and tangles before the bath. Rinse well and blow dry. Most felines don’t care for water, but many enjoy gentle brushing and a nice massage. Remember to look carefully through your pet’s skin and haircoat to check for lumps and bumps and anything else that might be hiding under all that fur.

Pet Exercise and Mental Stimulation: Spring is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re taking your pooch for a walk around the block, going for a hike, or backpacking in the mountains, don’t let the warm weather pass you by.  Get in shape together, one day at a time, and before long you’ll both be barkin for more.

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