As the weather gets warmer, families are spending more time outside. This includes our pets, who may be more susceptible to health complaints during the new season.
Dogs and cats get hayfever just like people. In pets, it usually results in itchy skin and ear infections. Itchy pets should be taken to the vet for assessment. For ear infections, it is a good idea to clean your dog’s ears with a veterinary prescribed solution. Never use cotton swabs in your pet’s ears.
Fleas, ticks, slugs:
Fleas, ticks and slugs pose big risks. Ingestion of fleas while your cat is “scratching” can cause tapeworm. Ticks spread a number of diseases and slugs are carriers of lungworm, which poses a big threat to dogs. The best way to prevent flea, tick and slug-borne illnesses is to regularly administer de-wormer, tick preventative and use Advocate (a topical ointment applied to skin).
A lot of spring plants can be toxic to our pets. It is wise to limit access to plants – bulbs, leaves, flowers or pollen can be toxic. Fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and insecticides can also be poisonous to pets: ensure your pets are out of the way when applying any products and ensure that they are stored away safely.
If you notice any unusual behaviours, such as vomiting, drooling and un-coordination, contact your vet immediately.
Bacteria found in stagnant water puddles:
- Giardiasis: Giardiasis contracted by drinking stagnant water or even walking through infected puddles. The most frequent symptoms are diarrhoea, dehydration and an upset stomach.
- Leptospirosis: is a bacterial infection that can lead to organ failure. The signs of leptospirosis vary and are nonspecific, but do include fever, refusal to eat and stiffness.
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately.