Thinking about doing a bit of spring cleaning today? Why not check out our second instalment of useful tips on caring for your pets in spring and throughout the year.
- Health Calendar: While you should always stay on top of your pet’s medical records, use spring as a reminder to check that it is in order. Make sure your pet’s worm, flea and heartworm controls are up to date. Vaccinations should be checked and make sure you are receiving reminders from your vet. Why not also start a pet first aid kit? If you already have one, check that it’s in order and stocked by replacing out of date, missing or used products.
- Pet Accommodation: If you are planning to go on a holiday, organise a boarding kennel well in advance as accommodation can book out quickly during warmer seasons.
- Backyard Blitz: Get out your magnifying glass and inspect that your garden is it free of potential hazards for your pets. Cats and dogs like to snoop around and get their nose in places they shouldn’t. Look out for any poisonous plants, moulds and Wandering Dew that can cause allergic reactions. Also make sure all fertilisers, snail pellets, composts and rat sacks are stored and used in areas that are not accessible to your pets. Contact your vet immediately should your pet eat such hazardous plants and products.
- Heavenly Home: Let’s not forget the interiors! It’s common for us to hibernate and spend a lot of our time indoors during the winter months. If you have an indoor pet make sure you air out your home regularly and use this opportunity to get on top of pet odours, hair and dirt brought in by your furry friends. A good clean of carpets, bedding, upholstery, furniture slipcovers and curtains should do the trick.
- Warning: You should never leave your dog or cat in the car; however, it is even more important to not leave your pets in a vehicle in the warmer months.
- Fun in the Sun: Once the work is done, don’t forget to get out and enjoy the sun responsibly with specialised sunscreen for pets.