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Spring Into Pet Wellness


Essential Checkups & Vaccinations

With winter finally behind us, it's time to embrace the sunshine and longer days – and that goes for our furry friends too! Whether your pup loves romping through Okemos trails, your cat enjoys lounging in a Haslett sunbeam, or you're strolling Lansing's parks with your best buddy, a new season means fresh health considerations. A springtime wellness visit is the perfect way to shake off those winter blues and set your pet up for a vibrant season ahead, from parasite protection to those all-important vaccinations.

Spring Cleaning for Your Pet's Health: The Value of Wellness Checkups

A wellness exam is like a deep cleaning for your furry companion.  Here's what a typical visit entails:


  • Nose-to-Tail Exam: A veterinarian will examine your pet from whiskers to tail, listening to their heart and lungs, checking eyes, ears, teeth, and everything in between. This helps identify subtle changes that might be missed at home.
  • Weight Check: Ensuring pets maintain a healthy weight is vital, especially as activity levels ramp up.
  • Customized Care: Discussion about a pet's lifestyle, diet, and any concerns helps create a tailored health plan.
  • Parasite Prevention: Guidance on addressing pesky critters, heartworms, fleas, ticks, and the best way to keep them away.


By catching things early, vets can often address them with simple solutions, saving stress and protecting pets from discomfort. Think of wellness exams as an investment in their long-term wellbeing.

Essential Vaccinations for Spring & Beyond

Vaccines aren't just for puppies and kittens! Staying up-to-date on vaccinations is a lifelong commitment to your pet's well-being. 


The Core Protectors: These include must-haves like rabies (required by law!), distemper, parvovirus, and more, for both dogs and cats. They offer powerful defense against serious diseases.

Lifestyle Boosters: Did you know there are vaccines for Lyme disease spread by ticks or kennel cough for social pups? Your vet will recommend what's best based on your pet's risk factors.

It's Not Just About Your Pet: Vaccinations help prevent the spread of diseases within our pet communities. It's like protecting the whole furry neighborhood.

Springtime Parasite Protection for Pets

As the weather warms, those pesky parasites come out to play and no pet owner wants that!  From itchy flea bites to dangerous heartworm disease, prevention is key. Here's what pet owners need to know:

The Usual Suspects

  • Fleas: These tiny, wingless insects feed on the blood of animals and humans. They can cause intense itching, hair loss, and skin irritation. Fleas can also transmit diseases, such as typhus and tapeworms. Signs of a flea infestation include constant scratching, hair loss, and tiny black specks (flea dirt) in the pet's fur.


  • Ticks: Ticks are arachnids that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They can transmit a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Ticks are often found in wooded areas and tall grass. They are difficult to spot, as they are small and can camouflage themselves well. It is important to check your pet thoroughly for ticks after they have been outdoors, especially in wooded areas.


  • Heartworm: Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is caused by a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and lungs of animals. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. Infected mosquitoes bite animals and deposit heartworm larvae into their bloodstream. The larvae then travel to the heart and lungs, where they mature into adult worms. Symptoms of heartworm may not appear until the disease is advanced. These symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, and weight loss. Year-round prevention is crucial, even for indoor pets, as mosquitoes can enter homes through open doors and windows.

Luckily, Protecting Your Pet Is Simple

Protecting your beloved pet from pesky parasites is a crucial aspect of pet ownership. Fortunately, there is a range of options available to safeguard your furry friend effectively.


Tasty Chews: Treat your pet with palatable chews specially designed to fight against parasites. These chews are not only delicious but also serve as a convenient and effective way to protect your pet from internal parasite infestations.


Topical Treatments: Topical treatments, such as spot-on solutions or collars, provide a reliable method of parasite control. Applied directly to your pet's skin, these treatments work by repelling and killing fleas, ticks, and other external parasites.


Veterinary Consultation: The veterinarians at Eastside Animal Hospital are dedicated to helping you find the most suitable solution for your pet's parasite control needs. They will assess your pet's health, lifestyle, and risk factors to recommend the most effective and safe treatment options.


Regular Testing: Regular testing for parasites is essential in detecting and preventing potential health issues. Your veterinarian may recommend fecal exams or blood tests to identify the presence of internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, or tapeworms. Early detection allows for prompt treatment and reduces the risk of serious health complications.


Preventative Medication: Preventative medication, in the form of oral tablets or injections, provides long-lasting protection against a wide range of parasites. These medications work by targeting specific life stages of parasites, breaking their life cycle and preventing infestations.


By taking proactive measures such as regular testing, preventative medication, and utilizing effective parasite control products, you can ensure your pet's well-being and overall health.

Give Your Pet the Gift of a Healthy Spring at  Eastside Animal Hospital

As the seasons change, so do your pet's health needs. Whether it's chasing squirrels in Williamston parks, enjoying the East Lansing sunshine, or exploring trails around Okemos, a proactive approach to your pet's health sets them up for endless tail wags and happy purrs.


The team at Eastside Animal Hospital is ready to be your partner in pet wellness.  Let's ensure your furry friend is protected with vital vaccinations, parasite prevention, and a thorough checkup. Ready to give your furry friend the gift of good health? Schedule their appointment today.

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