Warmer temperatures signal the need for pet owners to be vigilant for pests such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which can cause a range of potentially serious problems for domestic animals.
RSPCA's Julie Bellamy said people should not underestimate just how problematic warm- weather pests could be.
"Along with the sunshine comes the increased burden of fleas and ticks on our pets," she said.
Fleas were the biggest and most common problem but thankfully flea control had come a long way in the past decade, with topical treatments such as Advantage and Frontline now capable of keeping the insects at bay for a month.
Stephen Hibbert, from Splash Hounds mobile dog wash, said fleas became more prevalent from October and recommended owners weekly or fortnightly using a medicated shampoo.
This was especially effective when used in conjunction with preventative treatments and washing the animal's bedding.
Some dog breeds were more prone to allergic reactions from flea bites. "I notice it a lot on Staffordshire terriers, golden retrievers and rottweilers," he said. "They scratch and chew at the bites until they pull their hair out and make themselves bleed and that can be really distressing.
"Those dogs need to visit a vet for treatment and sometimes a cortisone injection but the best way to deal with it is prevention."
HEARTWORM AND TICKS
Dr Bellamy said heartworm - which is spread by mosquito bite - could be fatal.
She said treatments had recently become available to help dogs infested with the parasite but nothing could be done for cats.
Preventing infestation using a product such as Advantage Multi was still the best approach, she said.
Ticks were less common in WA but Dr Bellamy said Advantix Multi provided good protection.
"In WA we are lucky that we do not have to worry about the paralysis tick which is present on the east coast.
"However, the local bush ticks and brown dog ticks can still cause irritation where they attach to your pet.
"This may require veterinary attention. Large numbers of ticks may cause anaemia, especially in geriatric and young pets."
Dr Bellamy said ticks were best removed using a special hook, available from the RSPCA or a vet.
Spring pest checklist:
•Inspect bedding and the general environment for fleas.
•Thorough brushing or combing after an animal has been exposed to bush or long grass may help prevent ticks from attaching.
•When it comes to heartworm, prevention is still the best solution. Ask your vet about tablets or injections. Dogs infested with heartworm can be treated but it is costly and sometimes risky. There is currently no treatment for heartworm in cats.
•Insect bites and bee stings can also cause animals pain and problems and some will experience allergic reactions. If this happens, seek advice from a vet.