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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:00 am

Local pet experts offer spring advice

TERRI RICHARDSON | The Journal Gazette

Spring can be a hairy time for pet owners. As the weather continues to warm, pet owners may see an increase in shedding.

It's just one more reason to use this month as a time to “clean” and ready pets for summer.

If your pet has a lot of hair, now is a good time to get them a bath and trim, says groomer Chasity Waite with Rub A Dub Dub Dog Grooming on Illinois Road.

It is recommended to groom your pet every four to six weeks, Waite says. In addition, if your pet has any matting from snow or rain, it is best to get that taken care of to avoid other problems, such as dry skin, infections or fleas and ticks.

Now is also a good time to make sure pets are receiving heartworm and flea and tick treatment, says Holly Pasquinelli, community relations and education specialist for Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. With possible wet and warm weather, pets are exposed to mosquitoes, which can carry heartworms. Heartworms can be extremely difficult for a pet to go through and expensive to treat, Pasquinelli says. Left untreated, it could be fatal.

“We want to make sure we are treating our pets as we head into spring,” she says.

Spring is also a time to remind homeowners with pets to use pet-safe fertilizers and pesticides on their lawns and gardens, Pasquinelli says. Dogs and cats can get these on their paws and then lick their paws, making them sick.

Finally, use this month to take your pet to a vet for its annual checkup and vaccines, Pasquinelli says. And if you haven't registered your dog with the city, she says, do that as well.