Whether you’re planning on staying in Ocean Avenue this weekend or venturing a little further out, consider taking your four-legged friend with you on a weekend adventure. With the temperatures slowly warming up, it’s the perfect time to check out some hiking trails in San Francisco. However, before you hit the trails, here are a few tips from the Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital team to ensure your pet stays safe while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

#1: Stock up on parasite prevention for your pet

Spring is prime time for many parasites as they emerge from their winter hibernation, and they’ll be in hot pursuit of their first warm meal. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites are all lying in wait to infect your pet with a multitude of preventable illnesses. Before heading to the woods or hiking trails, ensure your pet is protected with full-spectrum parasite prevention.

#2: Be aware of local wildlife threats in your area

Local wildlife will also appear with warmer weather. Although food is more plentiful in the summer for predators like bears, coyotes, and big cats, they may be protecting their young or their territory. Learn the common wildlife threats and the best ways to avoid them to keep you and your pet safe.  

#3: Carry a pet first aid kit

Your pet may run afoul of briars or sharp rocks when the two of you are out hiking, or they may stick their snout into an anthill or other stinging insect’s lair. Prepare for any emergency by bringing along a pet first aid kit. Ensure it’s well-stocked with bandage supplies, antihistamines, saline rinse, and other wound-care supplies. Also, pack plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your pet.

It’s fun to explore the outdoors, but remember to always keep in mind the safety tips, so your furry friend stays safe. Many infectious diseases are carried by wildlife, and they can be harmful to your pet. To prevent any danger to your pet, ensure you keep your furry pal current on vaccinations, like rabies, distemper, and leptospirosisGive us a call to schedule an appointment.