Spring time pet care tips for chester county dogs & cats - Happy spring from your Malvern Veterinarian!

May 26, 2016

 Winter is finally over. And you know what that means…  You and your buddies can frolic outside again!

And while that is a lot of fun, there are some serious springtime problems you and your pet might face.


So, with that in mind, let’s quickly go through some possible spring disasters your pet might face, and some quick and easy solutions that you can do to save the day.


1. How to get rid of skunk smell.

Sure, we know that cat-looking thing with the white stripe down its back is bad news, but maybe your pet doesn’t. Should your dog or cat get sprayed, try dousing your pet with a cup of vanilla extract mixed with a gallon of water. Keep that mixture on your pet for 10 minutes then apply pet shampoo while rinsing.


If that doesn’t work, mix 2 parts water with 1 part apple cider vinegar, let stand for 5 minutes before washing it off.

But, if you need to go with the nuclear option, your final fight against odor is to mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and apply it the same way you’d use the vinegar solution.

Just be careful and make sure no solutions get into your pet’s eyes (especially the hydrogen peroxide). If that happens, or you feel uncomfortable doing these remedies yourself, please bring your pet into the Affinity Veterinary Center.


2.  What to do if your pet gets stung by a bee.

It’s amazing how something so small can scare so many people. But, again, maybe your pet put its nose where it didn’t belong. Should your pet get stung, get the stinger out by scraping it with a credit card. Next, apply a paste of baking soda to the affected area. If your pet shows signs of an allergic reaction, then call the Affinity Veterinary Center before giving a dosage of Benadryl.


3. Safe spring cleaning tips.

Now is the time to get rid of that musty winter odor. But, before you start, make sure your pet can’t get near your cleaning supplies. Even all-natural products contain chemicals that are harmful to your pet. Plus, make sure you put screens in all of your windows. It’s very easy for your pets—especially cats—to sneak out of the windows and into your yard.


4. 4 ways to calm your pet down during a thunderstorm.

Thunderstorms can be scary. Especially for your pet. Should they get scared remember these tips:

Don’t excessively coddle. I know it makes sense to go to your pet during their time of need, but if you excessively pander to your pet it will reinforce that something is “wrong.”

Find a safe spot. But, instead of cuddle time during a storm, choose one place in the house, lay out a blanket and leave some treats.

Turn off other loud noises. It’s already loud enough outside. Now is the time to turn off the TV or radio and relax.

Distractions, distractions, distractions. Instead of paying attention to the storm, simply choose a different activity and reward them with treats. Associate thunderstorms with happy times.


So there you have it. Follow these rules and you, and your pet, will have a fabulous spring. See you in the summer.




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