Animal Health Tips for Warm Weather 03-22-2010

Spring is a wonderful time in Illinois, and our pets enjoy it as well!

 

Here are a few considerations to keep your furry friend healthy in the warmer weather:

  • Heartworm preventative should be given monthly year round in our area. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and any dog can be susceptible. It can be fatal if left untreated and treatment poses significant risks as well. This medication also helps prevent several types of internal parasites. Cats can also develop respiratory disease from heartworm, so outdoor cats should be treated as well!
  • Flea and tick preventative, most commonly in the form of a topical liquid medication, is usually given seasonally in Illinois. We will start using medication when the weather warms (usually late March or April) and continue use until the first frost (24 hours below 32 degrees). Please discuss the appropriate medication with your veterinarian as many different types are available.
  • If your dog goes to the dog beach or dog park during the summer, there are certain requirements they will have to have fulfilled before they can receive a pass. Your dog will need to be up to date on several vaccinations and have had a recent fecal sample checked for presence of internal parasites. Your vet will be able to help you determine what will be needed for your dog.
  • Don’t forget your cats! If you have a cat that goes outdoors, speak with your vet about appropriate vaccinations, heartworm/flea preventative, and intestinal parasite prevention.