The temperatures rise, the days get longer and the landscapes are transformed for your greater happiness. But in return, the processionary caterpillars move, allergies begin … You were looking forward to the beautiful days, but here are the 5 potential dangers of this wonderful season for your hairball!
1. The falls
Indirectly, spring is dangerous for cats, even small dogs, who will tend to want to sneak through the windows that we like to leave wide open with the return of good weather. Be careful because although they are particularly agile animals, cats can slip from the edge of a window or balcony. Even if you have flapping windows, it’s not impossible that your pet is trying to get out (and get stuck). Similarly, a fall in the pool reopened at the arrival of the sun is not excluded. In this case, it is drowning assured.
2. The parasites
With increasing temperatures, insects such as fleas and ticks grow much more easily, so you should treat your pet regularly against pests. If your cat is a real flat cat, it is important to treat it too, because parasites can travel by clinging to your clothes and therefore, go home. Also beware of processionary caterpillars if your cat or dog walks near pines. In general, cats do not approach, but if it is in contact with the stinging hairs of one of these beasts, it can quickly become very serious. As for the dogs, unaware of the danger, they do not hesitate to walk on them, even to try to sniff or lick them, which can cause a necrosis of the tongue. Finally, a very small insect called the sandfly, which is the size of a gnat, is particularly present on the Mediterranean coast, especially from spring to autumn, and can transmit a serious and incurable disease to your dog: leishmaniasis.
Humans are not the only ones who can suffer from allergies, animals too! The most common allergy is flea allergy. It only takes one bite to affect the animal that could scratch to the blood. Mites, dust and pollen can also be a source of allergies. The symptoms of an allergy may be: coughing, vomiting, sneezing …. In case of doubt, it is better to go to the veterinarian who will be able to give the remedy that suits your faithful companion to calm the symptoms and prevent the allergy to worsen.
4. The plants
When spring comes to the end of its nose, flowers and plants come to beautify nature. A priori harmless, some plants can be toxic to your pet (hydrangea, lily of the valley …). The least harmful plants will cause only a few irritations while the most toxic ones can put one’s life in danger. The symptoms of intoxication are: vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, or tremors. If you suspect that your pet has ingested a poisonous plant, take it to the veterinarian immediately.
5. The moults
In the spring and fall, cats and dogs lose more hair because they are moulting. Cats in particular are therefore more likely to ingest a larger amount of hair when they wash. If they do not digest them well, the hairballs that they usually spit out can cause vomiting, constipation or even intestinal obstruction. In the latter case, direction the veterinarian urgently. To avoid this, it is your job to help soften your cat’s hairballs by brushing it to remove some of its dead hair or giving it a higher fiber diet than usual for its digestion be facilitated.