We are officially past the first day of spring here in Regina, SK and although there is still snow on the ground it gives us the opportunity to prepare for an upcoming busy outdoor season with our furry family members! Here is a quick Spring checklist from our Veterinary team to help keep your pets safe and comfortable:
- Discuss any out-of-province travel you may be doing with your pet with one of our Veterinarians! Depending on where you are going, not only does your pet need tick prevention, but there may be additional parasites such as heartworm or fleas that you will want to protect them against. Our Veterinarians will provide direction on which preventatives are best for your individual pets as well as any additional testing prior to travel that may be needed. We also offer the Lyme vaccine for dogs which can be discussed as well!
- Easter is coming up- a reminder to avoid bringing Lilies into your home if you have feline family members! All parts of this flower are highly toxic and can be fatal to cats! Be sure to also keep candy, chocolate and any xylitol-containing products out of reach of your pets.
- Be sure all of your pet's vaccinations are up to date! More time spent outside can mean more exposure to other dogs, cats or wildlife. It is important to keep your pet up to date on the core vaccinations, especially Rabies, to help avoid illness while they are exploring the outdoors!
- Give your pet the gift of a permanent form of identification! We recommend that your pet be microchipped to give them a permanent form of identification. More time outside can also mean more opportunity for pets to potentially get lost or separated from their owners; there is a much higher chance of a successful, speedy return if they have a microchip!
- Be prepared for seasonal allergies. If your pet has a known seasonal allergy, schedule a consultation and exam for your pet with one of our experienced Veterinarians BEFORE spring to discuss proactive care that can help reduce flare-ups and minimize skin rashes, ear infections and anal gland irritation.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet's health please feel free to reach our to our Client Care Representatives at 306-789-0918. Happy Spring everyone!