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Spring is a sign of rebirth; and pets know it. They are ready for warmer weather and time spent outdoors just as much as their human sidekicks. As a pet owner, the safety of our pets is vital. Here are some things pet owners should know moving into the spring season:
Pets Need Exercise.
There are over 100 million pets that are overweight or obese in the United States. According to the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention, 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are flabby and risk health problems as they such as arthritis, high blood pressure and obesity. To shed pounds, pet owners must work with both dogs and cats to get them moving outdoors. Using positive reinforcement, such as hugs, catnip and healthy dog treats, will make them want to jump, roll, and and run.
Deer are not the only type of wildlife sprouting up on lawns and gardens this season. During spring, wildlife are as abundant as plants; and homeowners will see bears, coyotes, rabbits and groundhogs as they scout for food. To protect pets from wildlife attacks, homeowners may wish to install fencing that is at least 6 feet high to secure pets in the yard while keeping away wild animals.
Pet Tick Prevention
Tick season traditionally begins in March as the weather turns from cool to warm. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, tick bites are a concern for both pet owner and pet. Ticks spread Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and other harmful tick diseases that can affect the well-being of companion animals. Be sure to groom pets thoroughly after outdoor playtime; remove the tick if found, and take animals to the vet.
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