Spring Cautions

Spring and Fall are my favorite times of the year. Mild weather that changes at a whim to rain and rainbows is what my heart desires! But there is no doubt that our workload at the hospital double and then triple this time of year due to emergencies and unwell pet exams. What are the top complaints?

 

Itching-Scratching-Biting/Chewing at Skin

Why is he scratching so much more than usual? Parasites? Seasonal Allergies? Food allergies? Foxtails?

Scratching can range from mild irritation to actual self-injury from biting and scratching so much that it is not an easy diagnosis.

There are a LOT of answers to this question. It’s hard to answer via phone or a simple google search. Your veterinarian needs to get a good look at your pet’s skin, get a good history of any changes in the house, as well as find out any new places you might be going with your pet.

They might even need to biopsy or get a cytology to see what is the cause of the itching.

 

Burnt, Cut or Blistered Paw Pads

These are frustrating, both because they generally happen during happy, needed exercise time and because paw pads are nearly impossible to suture together. Those sturdy soles can withstand a lot, but heat or sharp things can still cause pain, blisters, and tears.

  • Feel the ground before you take walks. If you can’t hold your hand on the pavement, it’s TOO HOT for a walk
  • On hikes, there are about a million things to cut paws, and when you move from cold dirt to flat rock that has been heating all day, it is a recipe for trouble.
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