Springtime Wildlife and Pet Safety

NatureCatSpringtime is an exciting time of year for pretty much every species of animal on the planet. The longer days and warmer temps bring us all back to life after the winter months, and send many of us exploring the rebirth of the natural world. Unfortunately, that means wild animals may be venturing into not-so-wild places, such as your backyard, bringing problems such as infectious diseases, parasites, and the hazards of fighting.

As the weather gets warmer, you’ll want to be sure that your pets are current on all their vaccinations, particularly the rabies vaccine. Likewise, your pet should be on a monthly parasite preventative that helps to control the threat of  fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites.

Help your pet avoid confrontations with wild animals by surveying your property before letting your pets outdoors and avoiding leaving them unattended. Keep your fence secure, your trash safely stowed away, and any problem areas (such as lawn debris, firewood, or crawl spaces) cleaned up or secured against wildlife looking for somewhere to call home. Continue…