There are so many good hiking trails in Friendswood that it would be a waste to stay indoors with your pets all day long. With temperatures warming up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors with your four-legged friend! At the same time, you want to ensure your pet stays safe while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Here are a few tips from the team at Heritage Animal Hospital to keep in mind as you venture outdoors.
#1: Stock up on parasite prevention for your pet
Spring is prime time for many parasites as they emerge from their winter hibernation, and they’ll be in hot pursuit of their first warm meal. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites are all lying in wait to infect your pet with a multitude of preventable illnesses. Before heading to the woods or hiking trails, ensure your pet is protected with full-spectrum parasite prevention.
#2: Be aware of local wildlife threats in your area
Local wildlife will also appear with warmer weather. Although food is more plentiful in the summer for predators like bears, coyotes, and big cats, they may be protecting their young or their territory. Learn the common wildlife threats and the best ways to avoid them to keep you and your pet safe.
#3: Carry a pet first aid kit
Your pet may run afoul of briars or sharp rocks when the two of you are out hiking, or they may stick their snout into an anthill or other stinging insect’s lair. Prepare for any emergency by bringing along a pet first aid kit. Ensure it’s well-stocked with bandage supplies, antihistamines, saline rinse, and other wound-care supplies. Also, pack plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your pet.
It’s important to make sure your furry pal is current on their vaccinations, such as rabies, distemper, and leptospirosis, as many infectious diseases are carried by wildlife and can harm your pet while they’re out exploring. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to ensure your pets are fully vaccinated and ready to explore the great outdoors.