5 dangers to watch out for in spring!

It’s the return of sunny days and with them the dangers that poison the lives of dog and cat owners. If ticks are known to everyone, other lesser-known parasites are just as worrying… Here are our tips for Protect your pets in springand the reflexes to apply to symptoms!

Public Enemy #1: Ticks

Of the large family of threats to our pets, ticks are arguably the best known. If the simple bite of a tick does not endanger the dog or cat, it still risks the transmission of diseases with serious consequences, such as: Piroplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis or the Lyme disease (borreliosis).

Good reflexes

  • Treat your pet preventively. There are many effective solutions: external antiparasitic drugs (tick collars, pipettes, sprays) or tablets;
  • When you return from a walk, check your pet for ticks. This mite likes to be in places where the skin is thin and hidden: armpits, groin, between the pads, around the ears, on the back of the neck…

How do I remove a tick?

If you find a tick on your pet:

  1. Take a tick hook;
  2. Drag it to insert the tick between the two parts of the hook;
  3. Rotate the tick remover counterclockwise and gently pull to remove the body;
  4. disinfect wound.

No. 2: the processional caterpillar, to be avoided at all costs

processionary caterpillars

This enemy of our animals returns to the parks and forests as soon as the nice weather returns. This future butterfly is all the more impressive because it appears harmless.

The processional caterpillar can be very stinging for humans fatal to the dog or cat. In fact, while out walking, your companion can easily touch or swallow a specimen without you having time to observe or intervene.

Good reflexes

Processionary caterpillars mainly live on Pine trees. They leave their nest in spring to bury themselves in the ground. They move in single file, in procession. Therefore we advise you to do soAvoid walks in the softwood forests in March-April. Stay alert and try to spot white cocoons in the trees and processions on the ground.

symptoms

In contact with the caterpillar hairs, the mucous membranes and the tongue of your animal start to swell strong. Your pet may scratch frantically, drool profusely, and vomit. If nothing is done, its tongue will become necrotic and the vet will have no other solution but to cut it off… Your pet will then no longer be able to feed itself.

How react?

If your pet’s allergic reaction is impressive, don’t let that put you off react immediately. Here everything is done in a few hours.

Rinse your pet’s mouth with clean water without rubbing, and run to the veterinary emergency room. They inject corticosteroids and anti-inflammatories and relieve the patient with morphine or another pain reliever.

Are you several hours away from the vet? Mix 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate in 100 ml of water and rinse the animal’s entire mouth (inside and out) with it. This reduces swelling during travel and reduces the risk of mortality.

No. 3: spikelets, these (almost) invisible adversaries

spikelets

Spikelets are simply small spikes that detach from their stalks as they dry. Harmless at first glance, they nevertheless cause many scares and vet visits every year.

In fact, this piston is so thin that it nests under the piston bearings and in the openings our animal friends: ears and nostrils, eyes, anus… It can have serious consequences if not treated in time: ulcers, inflammation (otitis), vaginitis, etc.

symptoms of a spikelet

Repeated sneezing, red or weeping eye, excessive licking, head shaking, fever (sign of infection or abscess), difficulty moving…

Good reflexes

Examine your animal thoroughly every time you return from a walk: head, tail, ears, bunions, anus, vulva, etc.

Do not try to remove the spikelet alone ! There may still be parts that can cause infection. Make an appointment with your vet quickly, who can safely remove the butt.

#4: Fleas, embarrassing but less serious?

A cat scratches near a window

Fleas are small insects, only a few millimeters in size, and are difficult to see with the naked eye. They feed on the blood of our companions. Their bites sometimes cause severe itching.

Although at first glance they are less dangerous, they can still transmit the disease tapewormand cause allergies. In addition, they multiply very quickly. The best treatment? Prevention!

Good reflexes

Does your pet often scratch and sometimes bleed? There’s a good chance he has fleas.

There are many treatments against fleas, both curative and preventive. tick collars, pipettes, sprays and tablets …you are spoiled for choice.

#5: Allergies and Toxic Plants for Cats and Dogs

a dog and flowers

The return of spring also symbolizes gardening, pollen… and Poisonous plants for our pets !

pollen allergies

When your dog or cat scratches, licks and chews, his eyes are covered with discharge and he sneezes constantly, probably it’s a pollen allergy. Yes, animals, like humans, are prone to allergies!

The vet can prescribe antihistamines to treat the symptoms and provide your pet with relief.

Toxic plants

In terms of poisoning, many strains are likely to poison your animal. In general, he nibbles the leaves more out of boredom than out of hunger.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of plants to banish from your garden if you want to avoid any risk:

  • Tulips, hyacinths, yucca, oleanders, aloe vera and daffodils : they cause severe digestive intolerance;
  • lily of the valley: It carries significant cardiovascular risks.

symptoms

They are very different depending on the type of plant ingested: nausea, vomiting, salivation, irritation of the oral mucosa, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, exhaustion or agitation, cramps, tremors, cough…

Good reflexes

In the case of poisoning, digestive disorders often appear first. If cardiorespiratory or neurological problems occur, the prognosis is life-threatening. So if you have the slightest doubt, consult your veterinarian or a veterinary poison center.

The whole LeLynx.fr team wishes your four-legged friends a happy spring!

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