5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING

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Winter is coming to an end and spring is finally about to show up.

Sunshine, singing birds and more enjoyable walks are right on our doorstep. This is good news for morale which can be gloomy during the winter with the rainy weather.

However, there are a few points not to be overlooked for Titou’s safety on the arrival of fine weather and we present them to you below.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING

WHO SAYS SPRING, SAYS DIY

The grass has grown and the big blue sky makes you want to make a vegetable garden or an English garden?
There is nothing wrong with that, except that you will have to be careful with the various products such as pesticides, fertilizers, etc. that your dog could ingest and therefore become poisoned.

Keep them out of reach in your garage/premises and be careful during handling if your dog is a petty thief.

Also be careful with secateurs, or other sharp tools on which Titou could walk, or even grab to play without realizing the danger.

TOXIC PLANTS

Speaking of vegetable gardens and gardens, there is another point where your vigilance will have to be increased: toxic plants that may be in your house or outside.
These will depend on the region you are in, but I can name a few:

  • The buttercup which can cause a burning sensation and an urge to vomit.
  • The tulip which can irritate, cause drooling and vomiting and cause diarrhea.
  • Thrush that causes heart problems.
  • Hyacinth which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • The anemone can cause irritation and puffiness, even causing tremors and/or convulsions.
  • The rhododendron. It’s the leaves that make the dog vomit. Too much of it can be dangerous by causing heart problems.
  • The yew is very formidable, because it also attacks the heart of the dog?

And many others.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING

SPIKELETS

Let’s continue talking about plants by switching to the famous spikelets.

This is a grass seed that is found everywhere and can have a disastrous effect on the dog. This grass will cling to the hair of the dog and can infiltrate the skin or the orifices.

Watch your dog carefully each time you return from a walk and do not hesitate to go to a veterinarian if you have any doubts (example: a dog who shakes his head and seems to be in pain in the ears may have a spikelet deep in the ear canal and requires handling by an animal health professional.

FLEAS, TICKS AND PROCESSIONARY CATERPILLARS

Even if these are present all year round due to their increased resistance, you have to be more careful when approaching the sun and heat.

Protect your dog with an antiparasitic and a dewormer.

This will not be the miracle solution, because ticks have become stubborn in the face of these products, but it will protect your dog at least.
Just like the spikelets, a good delousing is required each time you return from a walk.

Also watch out for processionary caterpillars if you live in a high-risk region.

They are as dangerous to humans as they are to dogs.

Their stinging hairs are very risky for our animal friends, because they cause very significant lesions on the tongue or the skin (the dog will tend to sniff or lick the unknown element…).

So be vigilant by locating their nests and contacting a specialist to eliminate them.

If you have any doubts, the symptoms of a processionary caterpillar bite are: heavy drooling, loss of appetite, vomiting and weight loss.

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOG WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING

SPRING DISEASES

Spring also rhymes with leishmaniasis.

This disease is mainly present in the Mediterranean basin transmitted by the bite of a mosquito called the sandfly.

It is a delicate disease to diagnose and its symptoms can be: nosebleeds, general and progressive weight loss, intense hair loss and skin problems.

These symptoms can occur between one and six months after contamination and not all dogs will report these symptoms. They can very well be carriers of the disease without declaring it.

A vaccine is possible, otherwise it will be necessary to arm yourself with anti-mosquito and anti-parasitic diffusers for your dog.

To conclude, spring is a season that represents some dangers for the dog. But every moment of the year has its little risks.

Do not turn into paranoia, but just be considerate and pay attention to a few details to avoid small inconveniences.

It’s the return of the sun, so take advantage of it while being careful and let’s go for great family outings with Titou!



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