It’s never too early to start thinking about springtime safety and keeping your pet healthy for the upcoming warm weather. It’s important to make an appointment with your veterinarian for a yearly checkup to assess overall health, address any concerns and keep your cat or dog current with their vaccines.

Preventative care is key to keep your pet healthy. During an annual checkup, your vet will thoroughly examine your dog or cat, looking for any signs of illness or distress. They’ll check everything from your pet’s coat and skin to the condition of their teeth and respiratory functions. Your vet might even order blood or urine tests to detect any underlying problems.

A yearly wellness check is also the time you can raise any concerns you might have. Changes in appetite, behaviour or energy level could indicate a serious issue, but those types of symptoms don’t always present during an examination. Also feel free to ask for suggestions on the best type of food, exercise or wellness tips for your pet.

One of the best ways to keep your pet healthy is to ensure they’re current on all vaccines. Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies, but a number of other species-specific vaccines are also recommended. Your vet might suggest certain vaccines based on your location or activity level. It’s also important to note that a springtime vet visit is a perfect time to discuss flea and tick prevention.

Even with yearly checkups, there’s a possibility that you’ll need emergency pet service — which can be extremely expensive. Did you know that with pet insurance you can be reimbursed for up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services, including X-rays, hospitalization, surgery or prescriptions that result from an accident or illness? Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to partner with Petline Insurance, Canada’s largest pet insurance company, to offer Canadians affordable pet protection. When you purchase our pet insurance, you’ll also earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points1 along with peace of mind.

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1 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.