Year Round Tips:
One of the single, largest dangers to the health of household pets is Dirofilaria immitis, or heartworms. Spread through mosquito bites, these parasitic worms can significantly harm the health of any animal infected.
With the peak of mosquito season coming with warmer weather, owners should be proactive and get their pets back on heartworm prevention medications if they were taken off them during the winter months.
Flea & Tick Prevention
During the wintertime, fleas are dormant outside, but when it gets warmer outside, they return. In the warmer climate of New Mexico, these insects can still be seen all year-round, and once they are present, they are exceedingly hard to get rid of, as they infest the animal then can jump to humans. Other than the direct effects of flea bites on both animals and people, the parasite can also carry a slew of diseases including the Bubonic Plague.
Similar to fleas, ticks are a major concern for the spring season as the peak activity of the blood-sucking arachnid approaches. Ticks can be vectors for diseases including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Fever.While the peak season for ticks is not until the spring, it’s a good idea to keep pets on preventative medications all year-round.
Microchipping is a great way to identify your pet in case they get out of the fence, yard or even become victims of theft.
Microchips come in a preloaded syringe for administering the vaccination under the skin. This needle is much larger than the normal vaccination needle, therefore we provide your pet with a local anesthetic prior to the placement of the microchip. We also do a surgical clean and shave of the area of placement to prevent any unwanted items from entering under the skin as well.
Springtime for dogs is a time for renewal. Fresh air, sunshine, and an endless supply of fascinating new scents to sniff that are invigorating for dogs.
With grasses, flowers and trees blooming in the spring season, like people, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. Pets manifest allergies through the skin instead of people with their respiratory systems. While there is typically no way to prevent seasonal allergies in pets, owners can keep an eye out for excessive scratching or ear troubles in their animal, as these can be classic signs of allergies.
If it is suspected that allergies are causing your pet distress, you should first rule out fleas and ear infections by bringing them to the clinic. If allergies are the culprit, we can prescribe antihistamines to help your pet cope.
Increased exercise slowly to shed any winter weight
Due to a family’s change in their own activity level during the winter months, pets often tend to gain weight. The warmer weather present multiple opportunities for people and their pets to shed that winter weight through increased activity outside. Be sure to start exercising yourself and your pet slowly and work up to an exercise regiment. Your pets can develop injuries from jumping into an increased exercise routine too fast.