Spring has definitely sprung and with the brighter days and evenings we will be spending more time outside with our pets. At Westport Vets we are aware of all the dangers that come with the change of seasons and pets owners need to know too.

Toxic Plants – gardens, parks and woods are full of colourful flowers at this time of year but many of these plants are toxic to cats and dogs. All parts of the daffodil plant, which is part of the lily family, are toxic, especially the bulb. Signs of poisoning include;

  • excessive drooling
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • staggering
  • collapse
  • unconsciousness
  • coma

The sooner the pet that has eaten a poisonous plant is seen by Westport Vets the better the chance of survival and a speedy recovery. If you suspect your pet has eaten something poisonous it is important to pass on the following information to the vet;

  • which plant it ate (bring it with you if you are unsure)
  • how much and which part of the plant it ate
  • how long ago it ate the plant

The best ways to avoid pets from eating potentially poisonous plants is to be aware of the types of plants around on walks, be watchful of your pets and to react quickly.

Toxic plants to be aware of; crocus, tulip, snowdrops, lily of the valley, aconite, hyacinth, foxglove.

Exercising your dog – there’s nothing better than taking your dog out for some exercise on a sunny day but instead of throwing sticks please invest in dog safe toys to bring on your walks.

Westport Vets advise never to throw sticks for dogs as this can lead to:

  • injuries to the mouth from splinters
  • ingestion of shards of wood that can puncture internal organs

Cold water – the outside temperature may be, slowly, warming up but it will be another few months before the water temperature has caught up.

Please be aware when your dog is playing in water as the temperature drop may be a huge shock to the system and increase the chances of your dog getting into difficulties. Also please don’t let your dog swim too far from the shore when on the beach as currents can sweep your dog out and increase the chances of drowning.

Thorns and splinters – start to check your pets paws after walks and being in the garden.

Tick season is coming and fleas are coming back to life – this is the ideal time to bring your pets back up to date with preventative treatments.

Remember all animals in the household will need to be treated for pets to ensure they all escape any flea infestations. Speak to Westport Vets about all the current treatments available as some flea treatments also cover ticks.