Hello fur parents! It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining, the temps are rising, and you and your fur babies are spending more and more time outdoors. As we head out and about, there are a few things to keep top of mind in order to keep Fido and Miss Kitty happy and healthy.
Straight out of the gate, we need to ensure that our animals are up-to-date on all vaccinations. This is important for dogs as well as cats. There are core vaccinations that are vital to your pet’s health, and non-core vaccines your vet may administer depending on your pet’s circumstances (lifestyle, age, heath, etc.) In outdoor pets, vaccination is exceptionally important, or if you and your furry friend like to stroll the park, or areas where other animals frequent. Most dog parks require state tags indicating that rabies vaccines have been administered.
So your furry pals are up to date on shots? Excellent! Let’s talk about hydration. Most dog owners know how thirsty Fido gets on a sunny day in the park. One easy way to ensure your dog stays hydrated is to offer water during a walk. This is made easy with collapsible bowls, many of which simply clip on to your dog’s leash. Share some of that bottled water you brought along and wa-lah…happy pet! However hydration is not something we just worry about during afternoon walks. Many pet owners have cats or dogs that reside outdoors. Both dogs and cats MUST have access to fresh water at all times. This is absolutely crucial as the temperatures rise, to prevent dehydration and sickly, malnourished pets.
Lastly, to tie in with vaccines and overall health of our four legged friends, it is necessary that we prevent parasites year round, but especially in the spring and summer months. Just as we humans go outside and douse ourselves with mosquito spray, or use candles and torches to keep pests away, Fido and Miss Kitty are not immune to pests despite their furry exterior. Many regimens are dual purpose, whether it be flea and tick, or flea and heartworm. They come in a monthly topical, that can be applied to the nape of the neck, or in monthly pill form. You should talk with your veterinarian about the specific needs of your pet and which type of parasite prevention will work best for your animal.
Overall, be mindful of your fur babies needs. Even though they are not children, they need wellness plans and care just as a child would. If they are healthy, they are happy and we can fully enjoy the changing of the seasons and the warmth and sunlight it brings.