Spring is finally coming to our veterinary hospital in Tampa! This means clearer days, warmer days and hopefully more time to spend outside. Most of our pets are just as excited and will welcome more walks and outdoor playtime. In order to make sure this remains a fun time of year, take a couple of minutes to make sure your pet is ready for the season.
We need to make sure our pets are on the proper preventatives. For our canine patients, this includes heartworm medications and flea / tick medications. Although these are year round problems at our vet clinic in Tampa, we see an increase in mosquitoes, fleas and ticks during the warmer weather. Our veterinary clinic stocks many different types of monthly preventatives and will help you make the best selection based on your pet’s lifestyle. Don’t forget about our cat patients. They also are prone to heartworm and flea problems and should be on monthly medications to make sure we don’t end up with a problem. Once again, there are many safe and effective choices for cats so give us a call and our veterinary staff can help you make the right decision.
If your pet hasn’t been active over the winter, make sure that you ease them into their workout routine. Just like humans, injuries can occur if to much activity is started to rapidly. Begin with a few minutes a day and slowly work up to however long you want. Always be on the lookout for overheating and make sure you have plenty of water for your pet. It may not seem to hot yet but overheating can happen very easily.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Other animals will also begin spending more time outside so there is a bigger chance of a run in with your pet. This includes other dogs and cats as well as wildlife. Over the past few decades, proper vaccinations have decreased many diseases in the dog and cat population. Let’s not allow a resurgence of some of these illnesses.
These are just a couple of points to keep in mind with the springtime coming. Our veterinarians are always trying to help keep your pet healthy and safe so if you have any questions about this blog, or any other veterinary related subject, contact our animal hospital in Tampa at 813-289-3925.