It is the return of sunny days and with it the dangers that poison the lives of dog and cat owners. If ticks are familiar to everyone, other lesser known parasites are just as worrying … Here are our tips for protect your pets in the springand the reflexes to adopt in case of symptoms!
Public Enemy # 1: Fleets
In the large family of dangers to our pets, ticks are probably the most well-known. If the simple bite of a tick does not endanger the dog or cat, it still risks transmitting diseases with serious consequences, such as. piroplasmosis, ehrlichiosis or the borreliosis (Lyme disease).
- Treat your pet preventively. There are many effective solutions: external antiparasits (anti-tick collars, pipettes, sprays) or tablets;
- When you return from the walk, inspect your pet to see any ticks. This mite likes to sit in areas where the skin is thin and hidden: armpits, groin, between the pillows, around the ears, in the neck …
How to remove a tick?
If you find a tick on your pet:
- Take a cross hook;
- Pull it to insert the tick between the two parts of the hook;
- Turn the tick remover counterclockwise and pull gently to remove the body;
- Disinfect the wound.
N ° 2: the processional caterpillar to be avoided at all costs
This enemy of our animals returns to the parks and forests as soon as the fine weather returns. This future butterfly is all the more formidable as it seems harmless.
Very stinging to humans, the procession larva can become deadly to the dog or cat. In fact, your companion can easily touch or take a sample during a walk without you having time to see him do it or intervene.
Procession larvae mainly live off pine trees. They leave their nest in the spring to bury themselves in the ground. They move in single file, in procession. That is why we advise youavoid walks in the coniferous forests in March-April. Be vigilant and try to see any white cocoons lying in the trees, as well as processions on the ground.
In contact with the larval hair, mucous membranes and tongue of your animal begins to swell strongly. Your pet may scratch feverishly, drool violently and vomit. If nothing is done, his tongue will become necrotic and the vet has no choice but to cut it off … then your animal will no longer be able to feed itself.
How to react?
If your pet’s allergic reaction is impressive, it should not prevent you from respond immediately. Here, everything is ready in a few hours.
Rinse your pet’s mouth with clean water without rubbing, and ran to the vet injury. They will inject corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs and relieve the patient with morphine or another painkiller.
N ° 3: spikelets, these (almost) invisible opponents
Spikelets are simply small ears that detach from their stems when they dry. They are harmless at first glance, but they are nevertheless the cause of many scares and visits to the vet every year.
This flask is actually so thin that it gets embedded underneath bearings and in the openings of our animal friends: ears and nostrils, eyes, anus … It can leave serious sequelae if not taken care of in time: ulceration, inflammation (otitis), vaginitis, etc.
Symptoms of a Spikelet
Repeated sneezing, red or crying eyes, excessive licking, shaking of the head, fever (signs of infection or abscess), difficulty moving …
Examine your pet thoroughly every time you return from a walk: head, tail, ears, pillows, anus, vulva, etc.
Do not attempt to remove the spike alone ! There may still be parts present that can cause infection. Make an appointment quickly with your vet, who can safely remove the flask.
N ° 4: fleas, embarrassing, but less serious?
A small insect of only a few millimeters, fleas are difficult to spot with the naked eye. They live on the blood of our comrades. Their bite sometimes causes severe itching.
Although less dangerous at first glance, they can still transmit tapewormand cause allergies. In addition, they reproduce very quickly. The best treatment? Prevention!
Does your pet itch a lot, sometimes it bleeds? There’s a good chance he has fleas.
There are many treatments for fleas, both curative and preventative. Anti-tick collars, pipettes, sprays and tablets . You are spoiled for choice.
Nr. 5: allergies and poisonous plants to cats and dogs
The return of spring also symbolizes gardening, pollen … and poisonous plants for our pets !
If your dog or cat scratches, licking and chewing, his eyes are covered with secretions and he sneezes constantly, it’s probably pollen allergy. Yes, just like humans, animals are prone to allergies!
Your veterinarian may prescribe antihistamines, which will treat the symptoms and provide relief to your pet.
In terms of poisoning, many varieties are likely to poison your animal. In general, it nibbles the leaves more out of boredom than hunger.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of plants you should banish from your garden if you want to avoid any risk:
- Tulips, Hyacinths, Yucca, Oleander, Aloe Vera and Daffodils : they cause a strong digestive intolerance;
- dalens lilje: it involves significant cardiovascular risks.
They are very different depending on the type of plant ingested: nausea, vomiting, hypersalivation, irritation of the oral mucosa, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fatigue or agitation, cramps, tremors, cough …
In case of poisoning, digestive disorders often occur first. When cardio-respiratory or neurological problems occur, the prognosis is life-threatening. So at the slightest doubt contact your veterinarian or one veterinary poison center.
The entire LeLynx.fr team wishes your furry friends a happy spring!
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