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Spring Safety Tips for a Healthy Pet  Woody the catfrom the North Shore Animal League*

Spring is in the air, and warmer weather means more walks, more play and more time outdoors – a dream come true for your furry family members.  Want to give your pets all the spring without the fever?  Then follow these tips:

  • Make sure your pets are protected with flea, tick and heart worm treatments and are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Dental care is key to health, so make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your pets’ teeth checked and cleaned.
  • Keep identification on your pets at all times, making sure the information is current and legible, or consider micro-chipping.
  • Try not to let your dog drink from puddles; standing water can be filled with bacteria and cause stomach upset.
  • Taking to the road with your pets?  Never put them in the back of pick-up trucks or let them hang out the open car windows, where debris can cause eye injuries.  In NJ, such treatment is illegal.
  • If your pets display signs like sneezing, swollen eyes or frequent scratching, call your veterinarian – they may have allergies and need medicine.
  • Springtime is mating season!  Make sure your pets are spayed or neutered so that they don’t contribute to the over population problem.

* NSAL, Pawprints Issue 1, 2013