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Springtime is Around the Corner!

Spring Tips from your Eagle and Vail Veterinarian

Springtime is just around the corner! It’s that time of year that we all anxiously look forward to, as we dream about the longer sunshine filled days, the green grass, blooming flowers, and warmer temperatures. For our pets, spring can also mean a time for increased visits to your family Eagle and Vail veterinarian, both for annual preventative visits to prepare your pet for springtime diseases, as well as emergency visits due to the increasing number of hazards the spring poses to our pets!

Pet in the Eagle and Vail Valley

First, our pets begin to get out of the house, just as we do, as the weather warms.  We are more likely to take our dog to the dog park, to doggy day care, out for a walk or on a hike. All of these activities can increase the chance of our dogs coming into contact with other dogs, resulting in dog fights, bites, and contagious diseases, both respiratory and intestinal in nature. Be cautious with your social, curious dog as you visit your favorite spots by having him or her on a leash, as well as having him/her protected through vaccinations for diseases endemic to our area. For cats, this also is a time for increased exposure to other cats, which commonly results in bites. Bites in cats are far more dangerous than in dogs, as cats have considerably more bacteria in their mouths. These bites result in large infections called abscesses that must treated by your Eagle and Vail veterinarian, and the saliva transmitted in these bites can also carry deadly diseases such as feline leukemia!  Please, get your pets taken care of before the emergency so they can be best prepared to fight off diseases they could be exposed to!

Secondly, as the thaw occurs, we see far more exposure of pets to trash left behind during the winter, as well as exposed animal carcasses. Exposure to these hazards can cause intestinal blockages, internal parasites, as well as life threatening intestinal infections. We encourage pet owners to do a spring clean-up before allowing your pet to roam on your property. When off on a hike, keep your pets close to you so you can carefully watch what they put in their mouth!

Third, springtime means more plant growth, as well as more toxic plant exposure for your pet. Toxic plants can cause pets to have mild reactions leading to severe illnesses. We recommend that pet owners keep the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants close so you are aware of what plants to stay away from.

Fourth, springtime can mean increase in the potential of your pet to be exposed to insects, which can result in bites causing severe allergic reactions. If you notice your pet suddenly having a swollen face or ear, call your Eagle and Vail veterinarian immediately, and have Benadryl or antihistamine around at all times.

Should your pet be exposed to ticks, ticks can carry many deadly diseases such as Lyme disease. Be proactive and ask your Eagle and Vail veterinarian for tick prevention so you greatly reduce your pet’s chances of tick bites and the diseases they carry.  Ask your Eagle and Vail veterinarian about testing for prior tick exposure as well, as our newer tests will screen for the more common tick diseases.

Finally, spring is a time for heartworm disease, a deadly parasite carried by the mosquito that travels thru the bloodstream of your pet and into the heart.

Heartworm prevention is now recommended year round in many states, as these parasites have many life cycles and can go missed for many months.

Ask your Eagle and Vail veterinarian for heartworm prevention and be again, proactive in preventing all of these springtime hazards from keeping you and your pet from having a terrific spring!

We look forward to seeing you!