All Creatures’ spring health advice for dogs
April 21, 2021
The days are longer, the air’s warmer… it’s spring at last, which means you and your dog will hopefully be able to get out more. But a sudden increase in activity and contact with other dogs can come with problems too, including a greater chance of your dog picking up parasites, or an infection from another dog, or even ingesting toxic plants.
Forewarned is forearmed, so here are a few things to look out for this month, as suggested by our head nurse Sarah and the team at All Creatures Healthcare, who are always happy to take your call on 01603 89 89 84 if you have any questions.
This is also a good time to bring your dog for a check-up, so why not contact us to make an appointment?
Here’s a list of things to be aware of when you’re out and about with your dog this month:
- Ticks and fleas start waking up to the warmer weather so make sure your dog’s prevention treatment is up to date.
- Infectious diseases become more prevalent at this time of year as there is more dog-to-dog contact – for example, cases of kennel cough tend to increase – so it’s a good time to check that vaccinations are up to date.
- Spring flowers will be blooming and some of the bulbs are toxic to dogs. Tulips are especially dangerous and if a dog ingests any part of the plant it can get sick.
- As keen gardeners will be getting active, there may well be some fertilizers around that are also toxic to dogs, so always check the make-up and be wary of any that you haven’t spread yourself.
- While we’re on the subject of poisons, if you’re thinking of doing a spring clean be careful not to leave any of your household cleaners where your dog might be able to access them.
Why not begin spring with a health check to make sure your pooch is fighting fit and ready to take on the increased activity of the season? Simply book an appointment and you’re good to go.