Spring has sprung and now is the time to get rid of your pets winter coat and ensure they are protected from parasites in the warm months ahead. Grooming is an important part of caring for your pet. We recommend brushing the coat on a daily basis and for long-haired pets having them professionally clipped. Your pet will look and feel good and regular grooming will help prevent grass seeds and reduce skin problems. Warmer weather allows parasites such as fleas, worms and mosquitoes to multiply. There are a large range of products available from your vet clinic which are both effective and safe. Spot on treatments for fleas are easy to apply – just treat each dog and cat in the house on a monthly basis. Mosquitos spread heartworm disease and while prevalent in warm weather they do live all year round. If you have missed your pet’s heartworm preventative, contact your vet to arrange a simple heartworm test. We recommend the Once-A-Year heartworm injection because monthly heartworm preventatives can be very easy to forget. The beginning of a new season is always the best time to ensure your pet is intestinally wormed. As a routine, adult pets should be wormed every three months against roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and whipworm. Choosing the correct combination of parasite control preparations for your pet can be complex so consult with your veterinary team for the best advice. This is Bonnie the maltese terrier cross after being groomed at The Hoppers Crossing Vet Clinic this week.