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Springtime Pet tips
There are two things that Atlantan's love; The Atlanta Braves and our pets. The Braves even have a "Bark in the Park" day where many fans bring their "fur kids" to watch the game! While you are getting your pet ready to attend the game, here are a few tips to help you get through the warm weather. Take note, we had a mild winter; mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are likely to be a real problem this season.
Heartworms - play it safe
A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworms if they aren't on year-round preventive medication. Dogs and cats react to mosquito bites the same way we do, but what is more important, mosquitoes can transmit heartworms to our pets. Indoor pets are just as likely to contract this deadly disease as outdoor pets because mosquitos fly in through open doors, windows and even catch a ride on us and our pets as we go in and out of the house. Fortunately, heartworm infections can be easily prevented with either a monthly oral or topical medication.
Ticks can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others. The best defense is a good offence. Medications come in the form of oral, topical or treated collars which can kill or repel the tick before it bites your pet. Fire ants, snakes and bee stings are some other hazards to you pets. Remove wood piles and treat ant beds, but remember that the insecticide may be hazardus to your pet.
Exercise with fido
Start gradual exercise with your pet if he/she has spent a lot of time indoors. Give your fur kids feet a chance to toughen up before long walks or jogs. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot. And never leave your fur kid locked in an unattended vehicle!
Consider a hair cut
If you have a long haired pet consider giving it a haircut before the weather gets too hot. Dogs and cats will enjoy those hot summer days if they dont have to wear that heavy coat. A short coat wil help you keep those pesky pest off your fur kid.
Just a few tips to help you and your pets have a great summer.