15 Sep Seasonal Healthcare
Spring is on its way, which means you should be aware of the health problems that can affect your pets this time of year. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for warmer weather!
- Fleas and ticks thrive in warm weather, so they’re present most of the year here. Don’t dismiss the significant issues these tiny pests can cause! Fleas can cause anemia and uncomfortable itching, and they can pass along tapeworms, while ticks can transmit numerous dangerous diseases. Prevention medications are the best way to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets.
- Foxtails pose a substantial threat to your pet’s health. The barbed ends—the seeds—can easily lodge into the skin and cause serious infections and health complications. They most commonly attach to the feet (especially between the toes!) and embed in pets’ noses. To keep foxtails from being an issue for your pets, keep pets out of tall grasses and remove foxtail plants from your yard. If your pets are outside a lot, brush them regularly. Most importantly, if there is any chance your pets can get into foxtails, check their ears, mouths, noses, between their toes and around the base of their tails often.
- Keep an eye on Easter candies and flowers. Chocolate can cause significant health issues for our pets, so don’t let little ones leave their Easter baskets in paws’ reach! And some flowers, like lilies, can cause irreversible complications, like kidney failure in cats. Keep these items up high, way out of your pets’ reach.
- You’ll likely have your windows open more often as the weather warms up, and if you do, make sure your window screens are secure, especially if you live above the first floor. Cats love sitting in windows and watching the world outside, and they could get severely hurt if they accidentally push out a screen and fall through.
- Before you venture outside with your pet more, make sure your pet’s microchip has your current contact information, including your phone number and your address.
- Like all cold-blooded animals, rattlesnakes are more active in the hotter seasons. Rattlesnakes like to bask in the sun, so you could encounter one while out walking the dog. Rattlesnake bites should be treated immediately, even if your pet has been vaccinated against rattlesnake venom. To keep your pet safe from rattlesnakes, always remain on designated paths. Look out for rattlesnakes, as they blend in with mountain terrain, and listen for the most obvious warning sign, the sound of their tails shaking.
If you are ever concerned about your pet’s health, schedule an appointment with a Las Tablas Animal Hospital veterinarian by calling 805-357-9411.