Springtime Wildlife and Pet Safety

NatureCatSpringtime is an exciting time of year for pretty much every species of animal on the planet. The longer days and warmer temps bring us all back to life after the winter months, and send many of us exploring the rebirth of the natural world. Unfortunately, that means wild animals may be venturing into not-so-wild places, such as your backyard, bringing problems such as infectious diseases, parasites, and the hazards of fighting.

As the weather gets warmer, you’ll want to be sure that your pets are current on all their vaccinations, particularly the rabies vaccine. Likewise, your pet should be on a monthly parasite preventative that helps to control the threat of  fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites.

Help your pet avoid confrontations with wild animals by surveying your property before letting your pets outdoors and avoiding leaving them unattended. Keep your fence secure, your trash safely stowed away, and any problem areas (such as lawn debris, firewood, or crawl spaces) cleaned up or secured against wildlife looking for somewhere to call home. Continue…

Foxtails and Your Pet: A True Hazard

SONY DSCMany pet owners have been confronted with an unexpected veterinary visit in the spring and summer months after their dog has a run-in with foxtails (also known as cheatgrass). Did you realize this abundant foliage poses a hazard to your pet?

Bromus tectorum can potentially cause very serious health problems in dogs. The head of this weed is designed to burrow into the ground when it falls off of the plant, but its sharp awns can also burrow into your pet if you are not careful.

Here’s what to know about foxtails and your pet:

What Happens When Pets Encounter Foxtails?

When a foxtail falls onto a pet’s fur, movement causes the plant to begin to vibrate down into the animal’s skin. They may continue to move into your pet’s body once embedded, causing serious issues. It is pretty amazing how efficient they are at travelling through the body. Once in the dog, they can Continue…

Can You Spot Seasonal Allergies in Your Pet?

miniature pinscher scratchingSpring is finally in the air! The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and spring flowers are starting to bloom. Unfortunately, this means that seasonal allergies are also in full bloom – for humans and pets alike. But do you know how to spot seasonal allergies in your pet?

Many pet owners don’t recognize the symptoms of their pet’s allergies when they flare up. Your dog or cat’s spring allergies are more likely to manifest as itchy skin than the sniffles and sneezes we commonly associate with seasonal allergies.

Types of Pet Allergies

There are three types of allergies we see dogs and cats develop: environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies. While food allergies are a problem all year, we see a dramatic increase in environmental and flea allergies when the weather warms up.

Seasonal allergies and flea allergies cause skin irritation. The first clue that these allergies are developing in our pets include: