Welcome to your Medivet Healthcare Plan (MHP) newsletter, where you can find helpful seasonal information about your healthcare plan. This quarter we focus on spring safety and the importance of vaccinations and parasite control.
Temperatures are rising, birds are singing and flowers are blooming; spring is the perfect season to get out and about with your pet.
You might find your cat spending longer periods of time outside or find yourself taking your dog for longer walks, but be sure to keep them happy and healthy this spring.
As the grass gets longer, be vigilant for grass seeds which can get stuck in your pet’s eyes, nose, ears, and paws. These can cause irritation and possible infection. Try to check your pet regularly after they have been outside. If you are worried a seed has become embedded, make an appointment at your Medivet practice.
April showers bring May flowers – spring is a great time to get your garden in tip-top shape, ready for summer. Whilst this can be a fun and enjoyable activity, please be aware that some plants are toxic to pets so be sure to check before planting. Often the labels will tell you or you can click here for a list of garden dangers by the PDSA. Daffodils and Lilies are two common plants that are highly toxic to pets. Although pets may not nibble the plants, they may come into contact with flowers or sap, causing irritation or allergic-type reactions.
Many gardeners may use slug pellets or bait containing Metaldehyde to stop slugs from eating their blossoming new plants – this is highly toxic to cats and dogs so try to refrain from using them in your garden.
There are a lot of horrible diseases out there that can affect your pet’s health and welfare, some can even be life-threatening. At Medivet, we believe that prevention is better than cure and vaccinations are the best way to protect your furry friends.
Vaccinating your pet is as simple as a quick injection under the skin, although some vaccines are given as drops into the nose. What’s more, your pet will receive a full health check to make sure they are in tip-top condition at the time of vaccination.
We recommend vaccinating annually* to ensure your pet is always protected. Annual booster vaccinations are included in your Medivet Healthcare Plan.
After the gloominess of the winter months, we welcome the arrival of warmer weather in spring and with it all the delights of new life. However, spring can also be the start of itchiness in our pets and it can really get them down. Preventing fleas and ticks is really important because it helps to keep your pet healthy. By regularly checking your pet for signs of fleas and ticks, and following a flea control programme, you will help protect your pet from the diseases they carry.
The good news is that your regular flea and tick treatments are included in your Medivet Healthcare Plan and your local Medivet practice can advise on a suitable flea control programme for your pet.
Did you know that, just like us, our pets can suffer from a vast range of allergies?
This time of year is a common time to notice environmental allergies in pets as a result of the increase in pollen. This can cause your pet to lick excessively, causing brown saliva staining of the fur, or they can get redness/rashes or loss of hair.
But help is at hand from your local Medivet practice. The team will be able to diagnose your pet’s allergy and advise you on how to treat and manage the condition so your pet stays happy and healthy.
With 10% off your veterinary care and medication, as part of the Medivet Healthcare Plan, you can rest assured knowing your pet won’t be itchy for long.
*Some components in vaccines need to be administered annually while others need to be given less frequently – this will be discussed and decided during your annual health check.