These 4 health risks lie in wait for pets in spring

Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy nature and greet the first warm rays of sunshine. But for our furry friends, this time of year can also bring health challenges. As a responsible pet owner, it is important to be aware of the risks our pets can expect in spring and how we can best protect them.

Hund: Fellwechsel, Übergewicht, Allergien und Parasitenbefall.

1. Coat change

The change from winter to summer coat is a natural process that begins in spring for many pets. However, this transition may be accompanied by itching, increased licking, and scratching. Especially with older animals, the coat change can take longer or be disruptive. If a disorder is observed, should a Veterinarian consults , for example, to determine whether there is a hormonal disorder. Excessive or uneven hair loss and bald patches are not physiological and may be symptoms of an undetected disease. To support coat change, it is important to brush your pet regularly. Use rounded bristles and make sure that your pet is not stressed. A balanced diet with the right nutrients, such as biotin and zinc, can also help support skin health.

2. Overweight

Winter fat is not only a problem for us humans, but also for our pets. Some dog breeds have a genetic predisposition to being overweight. Factors such as castration or gender also influence weight. However, serious illnesses such as joint problems, cardiovascular diseases, hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease, an overproduction of cortisol, can also be behind excess weight. In any case, it is important to clarify the causes and encourage the pet to exercise more in spring.

3. Parasite infestation

As temperatures rise, parasites such as ticks and fleas also multiply. These can not only cause annoying symptoms, but also transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis. Ticks are particularly active in spring and can hide in tall grass and bushes, where they wait for their hosts. A tick bite can not only lead to local inflammation, but also transmit pathogens that can cause serious illnesses. It is therefore important to regularly check your pet for ticks and remove them if necessary. Fleas are also common in spring and can quickly spread around your pet. In addition to causing severe itching, they can also cause allergies and skin infections. Effective flea control requires not only treating the pet but also cleaning the surrounding area to prevent egg laying and the development of new fleas. Find out more from us about the best methods to prevent and treat parasite infestations in order to optimally protect your pet.

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4. Allergies

In spring, our pets can also suffer from allergies, just like we humans do. Hay fever and other allergic reactions can cause reddened eyes, skin infections, and other symptoms. A professional assessment is important in order to properly care for your animal and to identify possible triggers. Your vet can help you find appropriate treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve your pet's well-being.

Overall, it is important in spring to keep an eye on the health of our pets and seek timely veterinary assistance when needed. Through regular preventive examinations, a balanced diet, sufficient exercise and proper care, many health problems can be prevented or identified and treated at an early stage.

We are happy to offer you a comprehensive spring check for your pet to ensure that your pet is well prepared for the coming season. Book your appointment with us now and give your darling the best care.