It looks like spring may have finally begun. The temperatures are warming and we are all anxious to get outside. Your dog is probably looking forward to spending some time outside as well. However, there are a few things to remember this time of year.
If you enjoy hiking, running or playing fetch with your dog, remember that he gets out of shape, too, if he has been inactive during the winter months. Just like you, your dog needs to gradually get back to his summer activity level. You and your pet can increase the length and intensity of your workouts together. If your dog has put on a little winter weight (like many of us have!), it is especially important to get back into shape gradually to avoid injury. More about weight issues in a future newsletter.
Being outside also means your pet (this goes for cats, too) is likely come into contact with a variety of wild critters. Raccoons, foxes, groundhogs, skunks and bats all can carry rabies, so be sure your pet is up to date on his rabies vaccination. There are also those little tiny critters, too, like ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Be sure you continue heartworm preventative and Frontline and do daily tick checks on your pet. Lyme testing and vaccination for dogs will help prevent this very common and potentially serious disease. Bee stings are also very common in the summer. Dogs seem to want to chew on those little buzzing bugs. If your pet does get a sting, please call and we can advise you on what to do.
Spring also marks the start of allergy season for many pets. More on that next month. If you notice your pet is very itchy, losing hair, getting scabs or hotspots, please call for an appointment so we can do an examination and make your pet comfortable again.
We hope you all have a great spring and get a chance to get out and enjoy it with your pet. If you haven’t been to the hospital lately, you’ll notice some big changes outside and inside that has taken place over the past six months. We are proud to be able to offer continuing excellent care in our expanded facility.