Seasonal Dog Advice
Heartworms are roundworms or nematodes, which spread to dogs via mosquito bites. Mosquitos inject immature worms into the dog’s skin, which then emigrate over time to the blood vessels around the dog’s heart.
Travelling with pets can be a lot of fun, will give you more quality time with your dog, and can save on the expense of booking a kennel. There are however a number of precautions and measures to be considered for the safety and welfare of your dog when travelling.
It is an often-unknown fact that our pets can suffer from allergies as much as us humans. Just like people, when dogs or cats encounter a substance their body thinks is dangerous, an allergic reaction can occur, even if the offending allergen is completely harmless.
Lyme disease was first recognised in1975, when there was a large outbreak in a town called Old Lyme in Connecticut. Lyme disease is a rare, chronic infection caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria that spreads between humans and other animals.
Fleas are the most common parasite to affect canines. There are over 2,000 species of flea worldwide, and most of these love to live on your dog! Approximately 95% of fleas host on mammals, with the remaining 5% living on birds. Flea thrive in warm, moist environments and climates, making April – September in the UK prime time for flea infestations.
If you own a well-trained, calm dog, you should be fine taking them to a street party. It is best to keep your dog on a lead though, as there may be lots of young children around, and there will certainly be plenty of food. Also, if you attend a street party, remember that you are in a public place - even well trained dogs could wander off by mistake in the confusion of lots of food, noise and people.
Temperatures are steadily getting milder, and spring is now mostly definitely upon us. This is a great time of year to enjoy the weather and be more active outside with our dogs once again. Unfortunately however, the higher the mercury rises, the more important it is to protect your dog from fleas and ticks. We have had a particularly mild winter, and spring so far has also been fairly warm, so being proactive with this matter is particularly relevant at present.