Summer is finally here, so you might be tempted to hit the great outdoors and go on a morning hike with your four-legged friends. This could be the perfect exercise for your restless pets, however, there are a couple of things the Goodheart Veterinary Clinic team would like you to keep in mind when venturing out into the wilderness.
#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.
Be aware of the potential dangers of infectious diseases as well as wildlife when out on a nature hike with your pet. With proper preparation, you can prevent many of the harmful effects of an unfateful encounter. Give us a call to make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations.