With the snowy weather gone we can finally be excited for the start of Spring. With slightly sunnier days and the flowers blooming we are looking forward to it already. Our friends at Vetfone have shared a few things to keep in mind during Springtime to keep your furry friend safe and sound.
When the weather warms up it’s not only your doggy friends that come out to play, parasites do too. Fleas can cause a sore and itchy skin condition and can cause an infestation in your house – flea bites can be quite nasty for people too. Check your pet for ticks regularly, particularly after walks or being outside, and if you find anything unusual or you would like to discuss preventative treatments call our Registered Veterinary Nurses on the BorrowMyDoggy Vet Line who are more than happy to advise.
Although beautiful daffodil flowers and bulbs are toxic to animals if they’re ingested. The most common signs to look for are vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy, but in extreme cases seizures and tremors have also been reported. Bluebells are very toxic while tulips and crocuses are less toxic, but if you think your pet has eaten any of them, then contact your vet. Contact with ivy (not to be confused with Poison Ivy) can cause skin rashes, itchiness and conjunctivitis but also drooling, vomiting and diarrhoea if it is ingested. So keep your eyes peeled for those flowers and plants.
Easter is chocolate time in most households but do remember chocolate is toxic to dogs, if your pet has eaten chocolate we recommend contacting your local vet or our 24/7 Vet Line as soon as possible. The Vet Line Nurses can work out if an emergency vet visit can be at all avoided.
There has been a lot in the press recently about Alabama Rot and while this is a concern for everyone it is currently only present in certain areas. The clinical signs of this include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea and “ulcerations or non-healing wounds” on the lower limbs. The cause is still unknown but seems to be linked to moss or mud and the current advice is to clean off any mud after walks and carry out regular checks for wounds. Early detection is key in making a full recovery, so any concerns please contact your vet straight away.
We hope these tips help keep your favourite four legged friend in top tip shape this Spring. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact our 24/7 Vet Line or contact your local vet.