By: Dr. Anthony Loomis, DVM

As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, we know springtime is here. This can often mean trouble for our four-legged friends. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone enjoys the season.

Blooming plants, grasses and flowers can trigger allergic reactions in dogs and cats. The allergy is similar to hay fever that humans suffer from. Animals react to mold, pollen and dust just as we do. Instead of sneezing, pets typically have itchy skin and will persistently scratch, lick, and bite themselves to get relief. In an attempt to relieve themselves from itching, dogs and cats often create sores that become secondary infections. If you suspect that your pet may be suffering from seasonal allergies, please visit the veterinarians at Westfield Animal Hospital to give you pet relief before it gets out of control.

Spring cleaning can also be hazardous to your pets. Home improvement products such as paints, fertilizers and cleaning solvents can be toxic. Carefully check labels and use sparingly around your pet and their favorite places. Be sure to safely store all products away from your pets when not in use.

Finally, keep an eye on your pet’s coat and check regularly for fleas and ticks. Be careful of mosquitoes, as they can transmit heartworms to your cat or dog, which can be fatal.  Monthly preventative medications and routine testing can eliminate these concerns.

If you have any questions about preventative medications or if your pet is showing signs of allergies, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 908-233-6030 or send us a note through our contact us page. We will reach out as soon as possible.