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Dr Beth Spencer answers common springtime questions in this video and blog.  

As we gear up for spring, it’s essential to ensure our furry friends are ready for the change in season.

Dr Beth Spencer, Medical Director at Goodheart Animal Health Center on Broadway, shares pet tips for April and May.

Weekend warriors: prep your pets

Just like we might train for summer hikes or the ski season, our pets need a gradual reintroduction to exercise after a winter spent indoors. You wouldn’t want their first adventure outside to be tackling a challenging trail, right?

So, condition your pets for physical exercise before you tackle a Fourteener. Encourage your pets to move more each day so they’re ready for outdoor activities.

Pets can get infested by ticks all year long

Now, onto a topic that surprises many pet owners in late winter and early spring: ticks. We often associate these pesky critters with summer adventures. Yet, they can make an appearance much earlier.

“I always associate them with summer and lakes and hiking outdoors,” says Dr Spencer. Yet, ticks are around all year long. Dr Spencer usually sees her first case in late February or early March.

It’s crucial to keep your pets on tick prevention year-round. Trust us; it’s worth it to avoid those unwelcome guests.

Spring is often the snowiest time in Denver

1. Lock up antifreeze, which is toxic to pets

  • It might taste sweet to our curious feline friends, but it’s also incredibly toxic to them.
  • If you have any antifreeze stored in your garage or workshop, make sure it’s securely out of reach for both cats and dogs.
  • If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, don’t wait—seek emergency care immediately.

2. Ice melt can irritate your pet’s skin

  • While it might not be toxic, pets shouldn’t eat ice melt.
  • Ice melt can irritate your pet’s skin, especially their delicate paw pads.
  • Consider using pet-safe ice melt and wiping your pet’s feet when they come indoors to prevent any irritation.

We have tips if you suspect your pet ate something toxic here.

Keep the ASPCA pet poison hotline number handy. It’s open 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435.

Can pets get frostbite? Absolutely.

Our spring temperatures fluctuate here in Denver. Pets can get frostbite, especially on chilly spring days.

Look for signs of discomfort, such as tender paws or reluctance to walk. If you’re concerned, give us a call.

While pets can go outside for bathroom breaks or playtime, it’s not safe for dogs or cats to spend extended periods outdoors in freezing temperatures. Keep outdoor time short and then bring them inside where it’s warm and cozy. We have lots of cold-weather tips here.

Keep your pets entertained during the indoor months with enrichment activities. Feeder toys and puzzles keep dogs mentally stimulated and happy.

And finally, if you’re considering booties for your pet, give them a try. They can protect your pet’s paws from sharp objects and ice melt. Just be prepared for some pets to resist wearing them at first.

Remember, our team at Goodheart Animal Health Center is here to help. Whether you have questions, concerns, or just need some advice, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to keep your pets healthy and happy, no matter the season.

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