Welcome to Townsgate Pet Hospital's April blog post!

As the weather starts to warm up, we know you and your furry friends are excited to spend more time outdoors. But with the change in seasons comes new challenges and health concerns for our pets. That's why we've put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to keep your pets happy and healthy this spring.

One of the most important things to keep in mind this season is flea and tick prevention. As the temperature rises, so do the chances of flea and tick infestations. These pesky parasites can cause serious health problems for your pets, including skin irritation, anemia, and even diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To protect your pets, make sure they are up-to-date on their flea and tick prevention medication. If you have any questions about which medication is right for your pet, our team of veterinarians can help.

Spring is also allergy season for pets. Just like humans, pets can suffer from allergies too! The most common allergens for pets include pollen, mold, and dust mites. Keep an eye out for signs of allergic reactions such as excessive scratching, sneezing, and watery eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, bring your pet in for an allergy exam. Our veterinary team can help identify the source of your pet's allergies and recommend the best course of treatment.

Exercise is important for pets year-round, but spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Take your pets for a walk or a run, play fetch or simply enjoy some quality time together outdoors. Just remember to keep them hydrated and take breaks if needed. Exercise not only benefits your pet's physical health, but also their mental well-being. It can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.

Spring is also shedding season for many pets, so make sure to keep up with their grooming routine. Regular brushing and bathing can help remove excess fur and reduce the risk of matting and skin irritation. Additionally, grooming can help you detect any lumps, bumps, or other abnormalities on your pet's skin, which could be signs of more serious health problems.

As we approach Easter, it's important to keep in mind some safety tips for your pets. Chocolate is toxic to pets, so make sure to keep it out of their reach. Additionally, Easter lilies can be harmful to cats, so be sure to keep them away from your furry friends.

At Townsgate Pet Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible care for your pets. This year, we're seeing an unusually high number of allergy cases. If you're concerned about your pet's health this season, don't hesitate to give us a call. We offer a wide range of services including allergy testing, flea and tick prevention, and grooming. Our veterinary team can help keep your pets happy and healthy all year long. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends at our office soon!