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Get your pets ready to make the most of the flower season, by preventing unwanted guests like bugs, ticks, worms, biting lice and fleas joining in on the fun.

However with flower power comes its fair share of pollen and moulting too - so do have a look at our 8 tips to start this glorious season off on a glowing note.

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STOP PARASITES IN THEIR TRACKS

Ticks, fleas and flies adore springtime! However – they’re nasty, harbour diseases and cause discomfort – it’s best to rid your lives from these mini beasts. Don’t delay and start today with those monthly tick & flea treatments. Why not have a look at ePETstore’s large variety of vet-recommended CAT and DOG products. If you’re still unsure however - ask your vet for guidance.

For the ultimate protection, try continuing with the applications during winter months as well - because prevention is always better than cure obviously. 

WORMS ARE GERMS - NIP THEM IN THE BUD

Protect your two- and four-legged family by de-worming the group every 3 – 4 months. For your two-legged family, speak to your pharmacist about suitable options. For the four-legged however, ePETstore has a wide range of vet recommended DOG and CAT dewormers.  If worms do get the upper hand though - your vet may recommend more regular and intensive treatments. But either way – worms are gross and so is pet poo! So it’s vital to keep cat litter boxes clean and make sure dog droppings are picked up daily.

AH CHOO! - DOGS & CATS GET ALLERGIES TOO

Some dogs and cats suffer from environmental allergies and do indeed find the change in seasons challenging. Common environmental triggers are of course fleas, pollen, dust mites, grasses and mould. If your pet is scratching/licking more than usual and you have ruled out fleas, chat to your vet about treatment. 

Want to know more? Read THE MOST COMMON ALLERGY SYMPTOMS.

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GET THEIR BEACH BODIES BACK

We all love to binge eat during those winter months – pets and pet-parents alike. Get your pet back into shape and prevent them from obesity related diseases by feeding them a premium low calorie diet (see ePETstore’s range of DOG and CAT low cal diets); and cut out those tempting treats too! Simpy exercise a few minutes a day – it’s not rocket science, but your pet will look and feel out of this world! As we know - life is really too short to be a shrinking violet.

Want to know more? Read HOW TO GET YOUR PET INTO SHAPE IN 5 EASY STEPS.

AS FRESH AS A DAISY & CLEAN AS A WHISTLE

De-clutter, de-shed and spring clean your pet’s favourite hangouts. Prevent stale winter dust from entering their bodies by washing their toys, bedding, leashes and collars with warm soapy water. Enthusiasm is everything - but do remember to check the washing instructions before you start.

TIRED OF WEARING YOUR PET’S EXCESS HAIR?  

It’s natural for your pet to have a wardrobe change from winter to spring, but don’t let their change take over your wardrobe! Avoid the fur piling up with a few basic GROOMING AND CLEANING TIPS – they’ll most certainly be the flower of the flock this season.

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GARDENING WITH BEAUTIFUL POISONS

SOME bulbs like hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies are poisonous to dogs. If your dog loves to dig, it’s best to put your green fingers to work with alternative and pet-safe florals.

Fertilizers and mulch can also be rather toxic. Keep your pets out of areas where you’ve fertilised and mulched as some find it tasty and irresistible. When not in use - store them out of reach.

If your pet does eat any toxic plants or fertilisers, and you’re concerned - take them to the vet immediately.

KEEP THEM HYDRATED

A hydrated pet body reduces kidney problems, UTI’s, regulates body temperature AND helps support vital organ functions. Bottom line? Make sure your pet drinks enough water – especially cats as they tend not to. Check that their water bowls are always full AND give their bowls a clean on a regular basis.

Drinking Fountains are a great way to encourage dogs and cats to drink more. There’s something about moving water that many fo them love. Have a look at our wildly refreshing collection of  PET DRINKING FOUNTAINS.

TO WRAP IT UP

Nature can be harmful - don’t let ticks, fleas, allergies or flower bulbs get in your way of having an exhilarating Spring - everyday and in every single way!
 

Comine du Toit
Animal lover and cat fanatic, Comine du Toit is a Freelance Copywriter at ePETstore in South Africa. She is a mom to a very energetic Sphynx, and the godmother to a clowder of cats, a kennel of dogs as well as a flock of geese. She's a firm believer that pets are family.
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