Alas, dreams of warm winds and the heat from the sun spawn green fields of glory to traverse.
Yes I am Canadian, however this year the bitter cold spell has me as well longing for the warmth of the sun. Prior to the glorious days of summer, we pre-empt it with spring. In my youth it was a time to wait until the footing was good enough to run on the ball fields. Now however it is a time to get out and remove debris from the yards and/or keep the pets away from the debris left hidden for months under a blanket of snow and ice. Every year we see a fair share of vomiting and/or diarrhea in pets during the spring with what I like to call dietary indiscretions. All that uncovered rotting moldy matter that are pets seem to crave. As the previous frozen ground was hiding all those novel smells. So my pets run around with their noses to the ground in search of hidden glories that usually end up on my floors. I think at this time of year it is a good idea to get out there and monitor closely what your pets are into and possibly prevent a few days of stomach upset or a trip to the vet.
The spring also brings a new life to some of us and our pets. The dangers of slipping on the wet ground or wet decking, can be mild or catastrophic. Especially for the “pets of summer”, who have been hibernating most of the winter away. A gradual increase in exercise for conditioning is best for those guys.
Spring is also a time for the neighbourhood wild animals to search around as well, so caution for skunks and raccoons, especially at night. A frightened wild animal can make a mess out of your pet, (and your house) literally.
Spring is also a good time to get your pet tested for heartworm and to pick up flea, tick and heartworm protection. Additionally, it is an excellent time to vaccinate dogs for protection against leptospirosis, especially if your pet runs off leash.
Dr. David Costello