Common Pet Problems For Spring

You can't carry your cute teacup pup in his designer dog carrier all season. It's pretty understandable that you want to protect your beloved pet; but it doesn't mean that he should miss out on what Spring has to offer. Let him see the world in full bloom as he romps about in the fresh air. Winter just went away; and there's no perfect time to celebrate!
Dog Fleas

Aside from flowers, birds, and bees, Spring is also host to common pet problems that many owners dread. Spring allergies, ticks, and fleas – oh my! But don't worry: with a few simple tricks and some preparation, you and your furry pal could still enjoy a pleasant Spring season.

Flower Troubles

Pollen from your garden and dust in your home are among the first problems you'll have to tackle. Pet allergies are typical for all pets, but smaller canines are more sensitive. Dogs express varied reactions when they have allergies. Common signs include excessive scratching, rubbing, redness on the skin, loss of fur, and obvious discomfort. To alleviate his suffering, go to your local vet immediately.

Another threat to his Spring adventures are toxic plants. As you plan for your garden, take note if the bulbs you're getting would be harmful for him. Lilies and onions are the most dangerous for dogs. Check your lawn or patio too. Your pup might accidentally ingest those unfamiliar flowers, so do a bit of research and find out what they are. Keep your mulch and fertilizers away from your pooch.

No Plea For Fleas

As the weather gets warmer, fleas become more of a concern. Instead of trying to control fleas, prevent them as early as possible. Ask help from your vet on topical creams or vaccines. There are plenty of high-end products these days which are safe for the environment, as well as your household.

Don't forget to Spring clean your home; especially your pet's favorite spots! Vacuum carpets and rugs frequently. Launder your pet's personal stuff – like his bedding – but avoid mixing it in with your family's clothing. Not only will his items smell fresh and clean, he'll be spared all the scratching later on.

Hate Heartworms

Vets typically check for heartworms around April, right after the rainy season. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes who have previously fed off of infected animals. These parasites MUST be eliminated immediately or they can cause blockage in blood circulation. However, their entire life cycle takes months before even the tiniest traces are detectable in the blood.

That's why regular vet checkups are necessary. Particularly in warm, tropical climates where mosquitoes are prevalent. Your pet might already be suffering from heartworms without you knowing it. By the time he shows symptoms, the case might be severe. Vets can prescribe heartworm preventive medication as well as schedule proper appointments.

Love Is In The Air

What is life without risks? Pet problems are treatable with the right methods. As long as you follow your vet's advice and continue to care for your pet, both of you can enjoy a warm fruitful Spring!

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