Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, allergies and other parasites are more present than ever with the arrival of spring, at which time the population increases whose bites generate discomfort and can transmit serious diseases such as leishmaniosis and heartworm.
Follow our recommendations to prevent these typical problems of this time of year in your pet.
Animals, like humans, also suffer from spring allergies. As a consequence of climate change and the high rates of pollens and grass shoots, dogs and cats can suffer different symptoms. Habits in this era change. Field trips and outings are extended, so you should pay attention if your pet shows any of the following symptoms:
- Intense itching
- Shake the ears frequently
- Lick a lot of legs due to a skin lesion (pruritus)
Most of the veterinary consultations in spring are due to dermatological problems, whose origin in most cases can be allergic. In these cases, we must go to the veterinary clinic to perform the necessary tests and assign an adequate treatment to combat the allergy if it is detected.
From April-May until after the summer the number of mosquitoes increases considerably and it is when we take more precautions to avoid that our dogs suffer their bites. It is necessary to exercise extreme caution of Leishmaniasis and Filaria, vector diseases very dangerous for dogs.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT THESE DISEASES?
Use effective antiparasitic collars and repellents to prevent mosquitoes from biting your dog and transmitting the disease
Vaccinate your dog against leishmania to help your dog’s immune system against possible infection
FLEAS AND TICKS
These external parasites feed on the blood of the animal and it is difficult to control them especially if we do not maintain good hygiene in our pet. They can transmit different infections and diseases. We can use different antiparasitic products besides keeping a close watch if our dog or cat scratches more than normal.
The spikes are one of the main reasons for consultations at this time as well. Many dogs arrive at the clinic after having ingested spikes, inflammations in the eyes … If we walk with our dog through areas where the ears abound it is important to make a revision after each exit. If we observe a spike stuck, we will have to take it quickly to the veterinarian so that it extracts it as soon as possible.
A good general care of the animal, a nutritionally complete and quality diet, proper hygiene and prevention, through vaccines and deworming, are some of the measures that pet owners can adopt to avoid the typical problems of spring.
We recommend that pet owners visit the veterinarian in case of any signs of itching or a change in the animal’s habitual behavior, since these are the first symptoms that parasite bites or allergies may present.