HOORAY – IT’S SPRING!
In the famous words of Leo Tolstoy “spring is the time of plans and projects” – and of course we couldn’t agree more.
So plan on having your pets make the most of the season by hitting your local park to pet-friendly restaurant.
JUST REMEMBER unwanted guests like bugs, ticks, worms, biting lice, fleas, pollen and moult can easily spoil all that flower fun.
So prevent this from happening with our 8 pet care tips to use this season:
• STOP PARASITES IN THEIR TRACKS THIS SPRING
Ticks, fleas and flies adore springtime! Urg, but they’re just so nasty, harbour diseases, cause discomfort and are always uninvited.
Just rid your lives from these mini beasts with those monthly CAT and DOG tick and flea treatments. If you’re unsure – remember you can always ask your vet for guidance.
For the ultimate protection, do try continuing with these applications during those winter months as well – because prevention is always better than cure and we don’t want these ecto-rebels to grab a foothold – like evuurr.
• NIP WORMS IN THE BUD
Protect your two- and four-legged family by deworming the group every 3 – 4 months.
If worms do get the upper hand though – your vet may recommend more regular and intensive treatments.
But either way – worms are gross and so is pet poo! So it’s vital to keep cat litter boxes clean and make sure dog droppings are picked up daily too.
• AH CHOO! DOGS & CATS GET SPRING ALLERGIES TOO!
Some dogs and cats suffer from environmental allergies and do indeed find the change of season challenging.
Common environmental triggers are of course fleas, pollen, dust mites, grass and mould. If your pet is scratching / licking more than usual; and you have ruled out fleas, do chat to your vet about treatment.
• PUT A SPRING IN THEIR STEPS & GET THOSE BEACH BODIES BACK
Yebo yes, we ALL love to binge eat during those chilly months – pets and pet-parents alike.
So get your roly-poly back into shape and prevent them from obesity related diseases by feeding your canines and felines a low calorie DOG and CAT diet. Naturally, it goes without saying you’ll have to cut out those tempting treats too!
Consider exercising a few minutes a day – it’s not rocket science, but your pet will look and feel out of this world! Let your hamsters hit the track Usain Bolt style with an EXERCISE BALL or go on an Indian Jones adventure like no other with this amaaazing JUNGLE GYM.
• AS FRESH AS A DAISY & CLEAN AS A WHISTLE
De-clutter, de-shed and spring clean all your pet’s favourite hangout spots.
Prevent stale winter dust from entering their bodies by washing their toys, bedding, leashes and collars with warm soapy water.
Enthusiasm is everything – but just do remember to check the washing instructions on expensive items before you start.
• TIRED OF WEARING YOUR PET’S EXCESS HAIR?
It’s natural for your pet to have a wardrobe change from winter to spring, but don’t let their change take over your wardrobe!
• GARDENING WITH BEAUTIFUL POISONS
SOME bulbs like hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies are poisonous to dogs. If your dog loves to dig, it’s best to put your green fingers to work with alternative and pet-safe florals.
Fertilizers and mulch can also be rather toxic. So do keep your pets out of areas where you’ve fertilised and yes, mulched – as some find it tasty and beyond irresistible. When not in use – remember to store them out of reach.
If your pet does eat any toxic plants / fertilisers and you’re concerned – take them to the vet immediately.
• KEEP THEM HYDRATED
A hydrated pet body reduces kidney problems, UTI’s, regulates body temperature and helps support vital organ functions.
Bottom line? Make sure your pet drinks enough water – especially cats – as those divas tend not to.
Check that their water bowls are always full and give their bowls a good scrub-a-dub-dub on a regular basis as well.
AND brace yourselves, DRINKING FOUNTAINS are all the rage and actually encourage them to drink more.
TO WRAP IT UP
Mother Nature is awesome, but nature itself can be harmful – so don’t let pesky ticks, fleas, allergies or flower bulbs get in your way of having an exhilarating season – everyday and in every single way!