Seasonal Tips for Pet Owners

The team at Circle of Life Animal Hospital is committed to keeping our clients informed and educated about all your pet care needs.

Dog under a fall leaf

Flea and Tick Prevention in the Fall

The temperature might decrease in the fall, but the flea and tick population do not. We recommend keeping your pet on a parasite preventive all year-long to protect them from the dangers fleas and ticks present. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and tick paralysis; and fleas can cause allergy dermatitis and anemia.

dogs in the snow

Keeping Active with Your Pet in the Winter

Winter is the time of year when people, as well as their pets, become less active due to the holidays and the shorter days and longer nights. But there are things you can do with your pet to help you both stay active.

  • Play fetch indoors
  • Sign your pet up for a sports class like flyball, rally, or agility
  • Schedule your daily walks or runs during daylight hours
  • If you have to be out at night, make sure you and your pet don reflective or gear or clip-on lights so others can see you

Be Aware of Allergies in the Spring

Pollen, mold, dust, fleas, food and other things can cause allergies in animals; and our pets can have allergies that crop up seasonally or all year long. In either situation, we can help your pet find relief. We treat our patients with a two-phase approach: the treatment phase and the maintenance phase. We’ll work with you to find the best treatment for your pet. If your pet suffers from chronic allergies, contact us to schedule an exam.

pets in the summer

Heatstroke in the Summer Months

During the hot spring and summer months, we see many heatstroke cases at Circle of Life Animal Hospital and we want pet owners to be aware of the best ways to prevent this potentially devastating condition!

  • Whether your pet is spending time inside or outside, ensure that they have a cool place to relax. Sometimes shade isn’t enough. Like us, they often need to be able to recuperate in a space that is air conditioned!
  • Fresh water is a must for keeping your pet protected from heatstroke, which often occurs from a lack of proper hydration. We recommend that all pets have an ongoing supply of fresh, cool water available to them at all times.
  • When you and your furry friend go for walks, try to limit your walk times to mornings and evenings when temperatures are a little cooler. Always avoid black asphalt walkways too as these can seriously burn your pet’s paws!
  • If you go out to run errands and the temperature outside is over 70 degrees, please leave your pet at home! The leading cause of heatstroke is leaving pets unattended in parked vehicles, and the damage can occur in a matter of minutes, leading to brain damage and even death.

If you questions about any of the tips listed above, please contact our team!

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