AC Pup offers tips for keeping pets healthy this spring

May 3, 2013 

I love springtime with nice crisp mornings, great temperatures, gorgeous flowers and beautiful blue skies. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, along with fall and winter. I’m not too crazy about summer but only because it gets hot as blazes and I wear a fur coat all year long.

Spring is also a terrific time to make sure your pets are healthy and to take extra measures to keep them healthy. So I’d like to share a few thoughts about how you can keep your fur kids happy and safe.

First of all, please make sure their medical care is up to date. That means they have all their shots, they’re on heartworm prevention medicine, and they’ve been spayed or neutered.

Every spring we have puppy and kitten season where a gazillion unwanted litters are born. I would venture to say many of those unwanted babies either do not survive or live a very sad life foraging for food and dodging traffic and predators.

Please don’t contribute to the overpopulation. Make sure your pets have been altered to prevent those births.

Next, please check to confirm that your pet’s ID tag is legible. You do have an ID tag on your pet, don’t you? Sometimes after a pet wears the tag for a while, the engraving wears down and you can’t read the information on it. So please see if the tag is legible.

While you’re checking the ID tag, go ahead and make an appointment to have your pet microchipped. That way, if he ever loses his ID tag he’ll have a permanent chip with your information on it so you can be reunited if he’s ever lost.

Since the weather is so nice during the spring and families and pets are outdoors frequently, please make sure your pet stays clear of eating anything outside he shouldn’t be eating. For example, many plants are toxic to animals. In fact, the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists 448 plants that are toxic to animals. Some of them may be in your yard or in your house.

One of the most important spring safety tips is to never leave pets or children in parked cars. You might think because it’s mild outside that it would be fine to take your fur baby with you shopping and have him wait in the car for you. But temperatures rise quickly, and the inside of a parked car can become deadly. Now is the best time to leave your pet at home while you shop.

There are so many ways to help keep your furry family member safe this time of year. I’ll continue to share ideas so everybody can stay safe!

Send questions to acpup247@yahoo.com. Visit www.acpup.com or see his Facebook page.

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