We’ve seen a lot of dogs come in recently with dental concerns, hip issues, and leg problems. We love that pet owners are getting out and about with their furry friends, but there are some things you’ll want to watch when you’re out playing with your dog.
Stop the Stick Throwing
It’s easy to grab a stick at the pond and toss it for your pal to fetch, but those sticks are often ridden with bacteria. The bacteria can make your dog ill, especially if they end up swallowing part of a stick. The other concern is some dogs love playing tug of war, and an old stick can shred and cause slivers in their mouth and gums. We have seen quite a few dog gums torn apart and need stitches to fix.
Be Careful With Pesticides
Another thing you’ll want to watch is your pesticides and fertilizers. If you have a dog, you MUST purchase pesticides and fertilizers that are safe for dogs. The last thing you want is a sick dog from a preventable thing. Certain pesticides will lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and other health concerns. If your dog has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, call our office immediately. We can treat your dog, and give you some at-home tips to follow to keep them safe.
Allergy Season is Here
Allergies aren’t just for humans, dogs get them too! If you do see your dog sneezing a lot, or dealing with watery or goopy eyes, its likely an allergy. Ragweed is normally the main allergy problem for dogs, but there are other plants that cause problems as well. Dust mites and grass also lead to allergy problems.
Heartguard is a MUST!
If you have a dog, you need to protect them with Heartguard. Heartworm is a deadly disease. Do not let your four-legged pal become susceptible to this serious condition. Come in for a spring check-up and we can give your dog more Heartguard. We can also screen for other conditions, and discuss common issues in your area. Flea and tick prevention is something you’ll want to do if you plan to go hiking or traveling with your dog.
Start Slow When Hiking
Some pet owners get excited for the hiking season, but you’ve got to think about your dog if you take them. Remember to stop and think about your dog’s health, and if strenuous hiking might be too much for them. Older dogs are prone to hip and joint problems. Another common concern is rocky trails that the dog could potentially cut their paw on. Watch for high heat days and always bring plenty of water for you and your dog. Try to give them breaks in the shade to cool off, and to make sure they aren’t dehydrated.
Avoid the Sweet Snacks
You have to be careful when it comes to sweets and your furry friend. We never endorse letting your dog eat any chocolate and artificial sweeteners, their bodies are not designed to process them. The best tip is to keep dog treats around that are approved for them, and actually serve health benefits.
Schedule your dog’s spring check-up and start your prevention medications today to keep your dog healthy and active all summer long!