Pet Wellness: Spring Vaccinations and Vet Visits

Spring is finally here in southeastern, North Carolina, and now is the time to think about how we can prepare our pets for this beautiful season.

As spring approaches, we deep clean and purge our homes, we hang onto those last few resolutions and try to get our beach bodies back. Getting your pet ready for spring should be just as important.

There are a few simple things you can do to prepare your pet for spring. Keep reading for five tips to get your pet ready for spring.

Start prevention medications.

Prevention for fleas, ticks, and heartworms are crucial for our pets. However, in some parts of the country, especially the south, it is essential to use protection all year round. If you are in an area where this is not needed, or you have not been using it, now is the time to get your pet on preventative medication. As the weather heats up, so do pests, which means more chances for parasites to attack. It’s a great idea to be prepared as the weather changes, and the best way to do this is with prevention meds.

Cut calories.

Winter makes most of us, and our pets want to curl up with our favorite cozy blanket and chill. Because of this, your little friend may have some winter weight to shed. Not only that, but as the seasons change, their tastes and caloric requirements may change as well. Spring is an excellent time to rethink your pet’s diet. Consider a different food brand and experiment with reducing servings.

Schedule a grooming appointment.

Getting your pet groomed is a great way to prepare for and embrace the fresh, sunny days ahead. Your pet will benefit physically and mentally from a thorough and relaxing bath and brush. Our caring healthcare team at Carolina Beach Animal Hospital will lather your pet in luxury with high-quality shampoos while removing dirt, debris, and odors gently and safely. Services also include nail trim, ear cleaning, and anal gland expression. So, if you want your pup looking and smelling fresh, or you want to boost your kitty’s confidence with a lion cut, then give us a call! We have everything from a basic bathing package to full grooming packages. We even offer a pampered puppy package for your precious babies.

In between grooming sessions be sure to brush your pet regularly. Spring is the time of year when most dogs will shed to rid themselves of their winter coat and prepare for warmer temperatures. Regular brushing will help this process along and help you bond with your pet.

Update information.

Chances are your pets are required by local ordinances to have up to date tags. These are easily obtained when your pet goes in for vaccinations. If your pet has a microchip, it is a good idea to ensure that all the information is up to date as well. Other ways to update information include:

  • Make sure your vet has all updated contact information.
  • Give your vet trusted friends or family members contact information just in case.
  • Ensure neighbors and friends have updated information.

Visit your vet.

Your pet should have at least one vet visit a year, and spring is the perfect time to do this. Schedule their checkup and vaccinations all at the same. This will help you to understand where your pet’s health is as well as educate yourself on how to keep them healthy in the warmer months.

Contact us today to make an appointment for a wellness visit. At College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospitals, we’ll assess your pet’s risk and make recommendations for testing and vaccination to help provide the best medical care for your pet. We also offer wellness plans to make the best care affordable now, with low monthly payment options.

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Bonding with pets outdoors during the spring months can be fun both for pets and their parents! With a little preparation, you can have real peace of mind and be ready to enjoy this wonderful time of the year!