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Viv The Vet Fact Sheet - 27 October

Viv The Vet - Spring considerations for your pet

Longer daylight hours can affect many changes in your animal friends such as moulting of fur, chickens laying more eggs, reproductive cycles speed up

Animals tend to be more active in general

Now is the time to start thinking of summer management such as
- Shedding excess winter kilos  due to winter inactivity
- Considering your pets flea control programme
- Having your long haired cat or dog fully clipped for the warmer summer months
- Booking into catteries and kennels for the holiday  period
- Spring cleaning kennels, bedding, housing areas

Flea control
As the temperatures rise the number of fleas hatching  increase

They hatch at an optimum rate at 70% humidity

 Golden rules of flea control are:

 1. Treat all the animals in the household
 2. Treat the environment 

This means using a good quality flea application  for your pet from your vet clinic as well as a suitable spray or flea bomb for your carpets and household

These environmental treatments last 12 months so if done soon , it will cover the peak flea hatching time over the summer

Most animals are losing their winter coat now and growing their summer coat

It's important to groom regularly (i.e. daily in long haired animals) to remove this excess moulted fur and hair

If left it may matt and become stuck in the new fur resulting in large lumps of dead fur and discomfort for the animal due to skin pulling

May need to be sedated or shaved to remove this excess fur if not groomed away daily

Consider a full body clip now as the new coat will have regrown by next winter

This can be great in long haired cats and dogs as often they get very hot over the summer, as well as reducing the need for grooming for the following few months.

Routine worming  is advised at the change of every season i.e. every 3 months

Cats and dogs need to be wormed for both Roundworms and Tapeworms i.e. a dual worming product

Check that the dose rate is sufficient for the size of your pet and the worm product you have does both of these worms (recommend getting it from your vet clinic)

Try using the pegs on the back of the neck for cats (this will help to calm them when giving worm pills), or hide them in a small amount of very yummy food when they are hungry.

Holiday arrangements

Make sure you have a confirmed cattery or kennel booking over the busy Christmas period, often these places can be booked up a year in advance!

Make sure your cat or dog has a current vaccination well before going into the boarding establishments, if the course needs to be started again it can stake 6 weeks to have the 2 shots (most vaccines aren't effective immediately).

Look out your cat cage and check the locks work and the door wont burst off the cage in transit!

Weight loss programmes
Consider a diet plan if your pet is overweight

Spring great time to lose weight as the evenings are longer so exercise is a more pleasant option

Carrying less weight means your pet wont get so hot over summer

Discuss this with your vet as many clinics run weight watcher programmes

Important to have a goal weight and not go on a crash diet (especially in overweight cats)