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It might just be our favorite time of year at True Care Veterinary Hospital. The days are getting longer and the weather gets a little less blustery. As the world starts to green up, it is time to turn our thoughts to pet wellness and to prepare for the summer months ahead. Read on for our favorite springtime veterinary recommendations. 

Parasite Protection for Warmer Weather

As the temperatures increase, so do the amount of creepy crawlies in the world. Pet parasites are no exception. 

While our veterinary team recommends year-round parasite prevention for our furry patients, a good prevention strategy becomes even more vital as spring and summer approach.

Talk to us to be sure that your pet is protected against:

  • Heartworms
  • Intestinal parasites like roundworms and hookworms
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Other external parasites like lice and ear mites

Even indoor pets are at risk of contracting parasites, and as always, a good defense is the best offense. There are plenty of safe and effective options available. One is sure to be a good fit for your pet. 

Vaccine Considerations

Hopefully sunnier days mean that pets are often spending more time outdoors or even sitting out on a screened-in porch or at a window screen. This makes spring a great time to be sure that your pet is up to date on essential vaccinations.

Almost all dogs and cats should be current on:

  • Rabies vaccination
  • Distemper combination (DHPP for dogs, FVRCP for cats)

Depending on their lifestyle and risk factors other vaccinations such as bordetella (kennel cough), canine influenza, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease for dogs and feline leukemia for cats may be recommended.

Keeping pets current on recommended vaccinations can mean preventing expensive and potentially devastating illness. Contact us if you have questions about what is appropriate for your pet. 

Springtime Pet Wellness Care for Pets

Pet wellness care is not seasonal, but knowing that your pet is doing well going into preparing for the summer months of potential travel and outdoor adventures is a good practice. 

Making sure that your pet is scheduled for a wellness exam can help ensure that they are in their best shape for nicer days ahead. Routine examinations are a great time to discuss mobility issues, weight management, dental care, and more. We know first hand that pet happiness is directly tied to pet wellness, we are here to help ensure that this spring and summer are joyful ones for your family friend.