Spring is finally here! Time to put away the winter boots and pull out the towels for those talented canines who can find a mud puddle on every single walk.
Just like humans, dogs and cats, and even some birds and ferrets, can suffer from allergies, and spring time is a common time for symptoms to get worse. With all sorts of pollens and dust in the air, overactive immune systems may result in increased itch, red skin, and ear infections. There are a host of possible treatments, depending how an individual is reacting. If your pet is uncomfortable at this time of year, we need to discuss what we can do to specifically tailor treatment to provide relief.
The disappearance of the snow also tends to reveal all sorts of oddities that our four footed friends are far more proficient at sniffing out than we might like them to be. Vomiting and upset stomach from ingesting last year’s treats is not uncommon. Withholding food for 12 hours and then feeding small amounts of something highly digestible (like white, cooked rice) may be enough to calm a mild upset. If it is not improving, please give us a call. Better yet, keep your pets close, so you can monitor what goes into their mouths.
With the nice weather, the temptation to go out and exercise is a good thing…in moderation. You may need to slowly work up to last summer’s fitness level, and so does your dog.
Also, please be careful where you run and play. Incidents of cut paws increase in the spring, and in most cases should be seen right away. There is a window of opportunity in the first 24 hours when wounds can be safely sutured closed. After that, the risk of infection may be too high, and the wound may have to be treated while it is open before it can be safely closed. When it comes to wounds, treating them sooner rather than later is definitely the better way to go.
We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and return of the green leaves!
Best wishes from Capilano Animal.