Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is here! As we anxiously await the arrival of sunshine and prepare to explore the Great Pacific Northwest, we at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital want to make sure you and your pets are ready for all that spring has to offer. Here are a few spring safety and health tips to consider.

Parasite Prevention

With the warmer weather comes pesky bugs that could spread disease or cause harm to your pet. Ticks are more prevalent this time of year, especially through the Columbia River Gorge area. Make sure your pet is up to date on their flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal parasite preventative! If your pet has not had an annual exam within the past year or has not been on preventative through the winter months, give us a call to schedule an annual exam and heartworm test and bring a fecal sample so we can confirm they’re ready to start their preventative medicine.

Vaccines and Travel

With spring and summer right around the corner, we want to make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccinations. Your dog should be up to date on their Rabies, Distemper/Parvo and Bordetella vaccines.

If your dog spends time around water and wildlife, we also recommend vaccinating for Leptospirosis. Your cat should be up to date on their Rabies and FVRCP vaccines. If your cat goes outside to enjoy the sunshine, they should also be vaccinated for FeLV.

Talk to us about your pets’ risks and what vaccines are right for them. If you plan to have your pet boarded, they will need to be up to date on their Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine. Mountain View Veterinary Hospital has recently started carrying the Canine Influenza vaccine as well. You will want to start this vaccine 4 weeks before any travel or boarding as it will require a follow-up booster vaccine.

If you are traveling out of town and can not take your pet with you, we would love to have your pet stay with us. We provide boarding here at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital for both cats and dogs.

Plants and Flowers

April showers bring May flowers! However, a variety of these plants and flowers can be toxic for your pet. Avoid decorating your house with lilies, azaleas, tulips, crocuses, amaryllis or hydrangea as these are poisonous if your cat or dog ingests. For a list of toxic and non-toxic plants, go here.

Spring and flowers also bring allergies. If you suspect your dog or cat has a springtime allergy, call or schedule an exam so we can help them with the itching, sniffling and sneezing. Spring is also a common time to place out slug bait, insecticides and herbicides for unwanted guests. These are potentially poisonous to your pets and if ingested, so call us immediately or call an emergency veterinary clinic. For more on poisonous household products and insecticides, go here.

Contact Us Today

Are you concerned that your pet has eaten something toxic? Do you need to update their vaccines? Give us a call today at (360) 574-7290!