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Preparing Your Pet for Spring

With spring weather right around the corner, temperatures will climb and outdoors activities will return in full force, bringing new threats to household pets. Here are 5 ways pet owners can prepare their pets for the change in season.


1.Get Back on Track with Parasite Prevention.

During winter time, fleas and ticks are dormant outside, but when it gets warmer outside, they will come back out.

However, this winter season, we have seen very mild weather, and have seen fleas and ticks all winter. This is why it’s a good idea to keep pets on preventative medications all year-round.

2.Watch Out for Allergies.

With grasses, flowers and trees bloom in the spring season, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies just like people.

Itchy skin and/or ear infections are typically what allergies look like in pets. If you see any signs of excessive scratching or ear troubles in your pet, contact your veterinarian for medical advice and/or treatment.

While you are doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget to wash your pet’s collars, toys and bedding.

Winter can bring dust and allergens that can affect your pets as well. It’s a great time to clean!

3.Let’s Shed That Winter Weight

Like most of us, pets tend to gain weight during the winter season as a result of a decreased activity. As warmer weather approaches, it’s time to get active and start shedding those pounds.

However, it’s important to slowly introduce activity back into your pet’s schedule to prevent any injuries. Your pet will eventually get that summer body.

4.Consider Getting a Microchip.

We all love to spend time outdoors, although it takes two seconds for a pet to get out of the fence, yard or break out of the leash. A microchip is a great way to identify your pet in case they get out of your sight and found by someone else.

5.Grooming

With the weather warming up, you will start to notice your pets shedding their winter coats. To help cut down on the shedding at home, you can brush regularly with a brush or a de-shedding tool, bathe and scrub with shampoo and conditioner specifically for a pet, a complete shave down and a good message to shake off any of the loose furs. Having your pet regularly groomed by a professional can also help with shedding around your home.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesay: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital