Spring Time Helpful Hints for Happy Pets
Dr. Christina Frick, D.V.M.
Spring is here and so are those pesky little pests that can cause many problems for our pets. These include fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes and internal parasites (worms). Here are some reminders to help prevent these problems this year.
Keep your pet’s vaccinations current to prevent diseases and maintain healthy animals.
Keep pets on Heartworm Preventative year-round since mosquitoes spread heartworms. These products also deworm your animal every month for intestinal worms. Ask which products are appropriate for your pets.
Use Flea and Tick preventatives on your pets starting April 1 or even before, if noticing a problem in your yard. Ask Dr. Frick which product is the best and safest for your pet. There are also many pet and livestock products available including fly repellants and premise sprays.
Dr. Frick will assess the disease risks for your pets and tailor an appropriate vaccination, wellness, and prevention program. Every animal’s environment, exposure, travels, and behavior is different. Veterinary Exams will help your pet live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Spring is also mating season for our feline friends (cats). Schedule an appointment for an spay or neuter today to help control the pet population in the county. Don’t forget your dogs also.
Some surprising facts:
In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens.
In six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies.
For every person born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are born. Every day in the United States, thousands upon thousands of puppies and kittens are born because of the uncontrolled breeding of pets. Add to this the offspring of stray and abandoned companion animals, and the number, as evidenced by shelter euthanasia rates, is overwhelming and heart wrenching.
Each year, U.S. shelters take in 6-8 million dogs and cats; of those 3-4 million are adopted and 3-4 million are euthanized.
Only 1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the U.S. will find a home.
Have a great Spring and remember prevention is the key to a healthy pet.