Getting spring-ready

We’ve made it through winter, and now warmer days await us. But are you and your pet family ready for what summer brings? From crazy mozzies that go ‘zzz’ at night to adventures in the sun and everything in between – all will be enjoyable when you’ve done your preparation. Here’s a list of things that you need to get ready.


Spring cleaning

For some of us, spring also brings with it more energy, and what better time to spring clean your home? There are many reasons why you might want to spring clean your home, but for us, there are two main reasons – to get rid of parasites and their eggs and to clean out all the winter fur that your pet might be shedding in spring. When our pets shed their winter coats, especially longhaired cats and dogs, there will be plenty of hair lying around, and this needs to be cleaned.

But don’t stop inside your home. Also take some time to clean the outside of your house, especially if you have a garden. Make sure there aren’t any places where parasites can breed.



While you’re outside cleaning your yard, pack away any garden tools that might be lying around, make sure that hazardous chemicals are stored out of reach, and check that there aren’t any items in the garden that could harm your cat or dog.

Also, take a walk around the perimeter of your yard to check for holes in the fence where your dog could escape. If there are, fix them as soon as possible.



As the days are getting warmer and the sun is out, it’s time to get more than the normal load of laundry done. Gather all your pets’ blankets, bedding, jackets and toys. It’s time to give them all a good wash. Keep in mind, your dog carries his toys in his mouth, and all the saliva can form a breeding ground for bacteria. Use warm water and dishwashing soap to wash his toys.

And while you’re at it, also wash his collars, harnesses and leads.


No parasites allowed

Have you kept up to date with your pets’ tick and flea preventative programmes? If not, make time now to plan and buy the necessary products to ensure that these nasty critters don’t invade your home, pets or yard.

Don’t forget about your pets’ deworming routine either. Remember that fleas and worms go hand in hand. Fleas ingest tiny worm eggs and then transmit them into the bloodstream of your pet when they feast on your pet’s blood.

Would you like to read the rest of this interesting article? Get the September/October 2023 edition of Animaltalk magazine now from retailers or order a digital or printed copy from www.coolmags now.



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