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
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.
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)