Spring time care
Written by Elena Barnard | Thursday, March 8, 2012
When the weather gets brighter and the sun begins to shine, you may begin to have trouble controlling that sense of ‘wanderlust’ as your pets desire to get out and about with the better weather. If you’re having trouble keeping them under control or have just given up and adopted their enjoyment of rushing about in the great outdoors, read on for some tips and advice regarding your pet’s health during the spring.
If your pet has allergies, you may find them suffering worst during the spring period as pollens and other allergens are rife. These can cause annoyance by entering ear and nasal passages, causing an allergic reaction that usually involves swelling and/or itchiness that can be highly painful and very irritating. If your pet has been diagnosed as allergic in the past then you may already have some medicine lying about the house, but if not then your vet will be able to recommend a suitable remedy that can combat the problem and reduce the irritation.
Spring time means new life, which means an abundance of great sights for you as you and your dog are out walking! Unfortunately, this does mean that, with a great deal of livestock giving birth and nursing their young, it is vital that your dog is kept on the lead whenever around any fields where livestock is kept, as agitated mothers can become quite defensive and you don’t want yourself or your dog to be the target of a wild charge!
With the abundance of livestock and dog walkers, another issue that you may want to keep an eye out for is parasites; the spring brings new life in all shapes and sizes and so it is the perfect time for your pet to start picking up fleas, ticks or other beasties. Keep your dog groomed to monitor any creatures that may have latched on during a walk – sheep are particularly notorious for having ticks with them in their field, so always stay aware and monitor your dog after any forages in long grass. Remember that whilst removing ticks to only use methods recommended by your vet, as tearing or ripping the tick out can leave a nasty wound which can make the issue worse for your dog.
Spring time can be plenty of fun for you and your pets, so remember to keep a watchful eye on them whilst out and about and to take care, especially when making visits back to the seaside or along cliffs; these locales may be picturesque and a refreshing visit now that the weather has become nicer, but they can still present a risk for your pet.
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