Spring Dangers for Pets
As the weather starts warming up, you and your pets are likely to be outdoors more and more. Remember to avoid these common springtime dangers that can affect your pets.
As it warms up, these fuzzy little guys are buzzing all over the place. Just like in humans, bee stings can cause severe reactions in certain dogs. If your pet gets stung and has any swelling or breathing problems, see your veterinarian right away.
The Vernal Equinox is not just the start of spring, but also the start of the allergy season. Allergies don’t just affect people. Just like us, pets can also be allergic to grasses and pollens. Pets can also have food allergies or intolerances to certain grains commonly found in pet food. Unlike humans with allergies, who typically sneeze, cough, or develop runny noses or watery eyes, pets typically develop itchy skin. This may be observed as biting, licking or rubbing at their feet, face or muzzle, ears or belly. Chewing and licking can lead to hair loss, skin irritation and infections. Animals with food allergies may also develop gastrointestinal signs like diarrhea and flatulence. Treatment for allergies depends considerably on the type of allergy and severity. Food allergies or grain intolerances may improve simply by switching your pet to a grain-free diet (always transition to new food slowly). More severe allergies may require a combination of oral and topical medications, as well as prescription shampoos.
Be careful of all the holiday treats. Chocolate eggs, bunnies and coins for Easter and Passover are no-nos for pets. Most people know that chocolate is toxic to pets, but xylitol, a sweetener found in many sugar-free gums and candy, can also be deadly to pets. So be sure to keep all these holiday treats out of reach of your four-legged friends.
During the holidays, people often give Easter lilies and flowers as gifts. Remember to look-out for toxic plants. Lilies can be deadly to curious cats that nibble on their leaves. Lilies are highly toxic and can cause kidney failure and death. If you have cats, keep these out of your house and be sure to check any bouquets you get for these and other toxic flowers.
Unfortunately, people and pets aren’t the only ones that enjoy warm weather. Bugs do too! So make sure you pets are on flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Year round parasite prevention is best. See your veterinarian to find out what parasite preventatives are best for your pet.