After some very cold months, we are finally feeling the warmth of summer coming our way, which means outdoors adventures and more walks at the park with our furry friends. However, it's not all just about the fun, if you want to make sure your pet is in full health for the seasons to come, you should be mindful of the following:
1. Grooming: Grooming when the coat is changing is good, not only for your household but also for your pet! Routine grooming helps remove all the shed hair from the coat, resulting in fewer mats and tangles. It is very important to select the correct brush for your pet and to brush regularly! Never use a stripping brush at home, unless you have been professionally trained on how to use one safely.
2. Heart worm, fleas and ticks: These nasty bugs, tend to be most common in the warmer weather, so adequate treatment during spring is vital! It's best to treat for heart worm, paralysis ticks and fleas all year round to ensure 100% protection against the deadly diseases they can cause. Vets are seeing an alarming increase in dogs with heartworm, and paralysis ticks are making their way into the city. Speak to your vet to make sure your pet is covered from these deadly nasties!
3. Hayfever: well not quite hay fever like humans get, but seasonal allergies causing allergic dermatitis, also known as atopy, are very common in dogs and cats in spring. Dogs and cats with atopy tend to be worse in the spring and summer, but can have symptoms all year round. Common signs include: itching, rashes, paw chewing, ear infections, runny eyes and nose. Dogs and cats don't tend to grow out of their allergies like humans do, so if you suspect that your pet may be atopic or suffer from allergies, it's best to speak to your vet.
4. Toxic plants: there are many toxic plants that come out to cause problems in the springtime. While some are toxic when eaten, some can also cause terrible skin irritation on contact. Some common plants to be wary of include: Oleander, Wandering Jew, Purple Heart, Lilies and Tomato Plants.
5. Spring Cleaning: If you are planning on doing some cleaning this spring, make sure the products you use are pet friendly! Pyrethrins are highly toxic to cats and are found in many common bug sprays. Also, beware that slug, snail and rat bait are poisonous to dogs and cats. Don't forget that just because a cleaning product is natural does not mean it is not toxic...Did you know that even tea tree oil has been shown to cause toxic and adverse reactions in animals!
Dr. Karlee Hirakis is one of the pawesome vets at My Vet Animal Hospital. She graduated from the University of Sydney and worked in rural mixed practice until recently moving back to the city.
Karlee has a special interest in feline medicine and is currently undertaking further study in this area. If you are you looking for a Vet around Waterloo, Sydney, give Karlee a visit: www.myvetanimalhospital.com.au
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