Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring!

Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.

Here is a list of pet concerns to watch for this spring:

  • Watch for signs of allergies, including scratching, sneezing, head shaking, sore paw pads, and ear problems.
  • After months of snow and cold weather, pets can get really excited and wander about.
  • More outdoor time equals a greater risk of a lost pet. Make sure your pet has a proper ID in case he/she gets lost. Maybe its time to consider a microchip which is a permanent form of identification.
  • Be mindful when choosing your garden or house plants. Some common plants, like tulips, lilies, daffodils, and carnations, are indeed poisonous to dogs and cats. If you notice any signs of poisoning such as excessive salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, and appearing “drunk” or even collapsing, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Spring is shedding season for many dogs and cats. Regular brushing and vacuuming of their surroundings decreases the chance of them ingesting hairballs.
  • Shaving long-haired cats can also help. Here at Centennial Animal Hospital, we have a supplement called Laxatone ® which can help expel hairballs from their intestinal tract.
  • Be careful when choosing lawn care and gardening products, as some may be hazardous to pets. Some slug and snail pellets contain metaldehyde, which is poisonous to dogs.
  • Secure window screens to prevent escapes and possible injuries if falling from heights.
  • Rain will leave puddles of standing water. Be sure that your pet only drinks from clean, freshwater sources.
  • Thunderstorms can cause your pet unnecessary fear or anxiety. If your pet has severe anxiety, please discuss this with one of our veterinarians. There may be supplements and/or medications available to help ease the anxiety.
  • Bee/wasp stings can occur. If your dog or cat is stung in or near the mouth or neck, you may need to seek veterinary help. Pets, like humans, can be allergic. Signs include swellings, distress, and breathing difficulties.
  • Have a yearly vet visit. To keep your pet protected, make sure vaccinations are kept up to date. Use heartworm prevention medication and keep your pet protected from fleas, ticks and intestinal worms.

Come visit us at 2747 Pembina Highway or call the clinic at 204-269-8162. One of our team members would be happy to discuss any of the above topics with you.

Written by Diane Skillen, Practice Manager