alA popular flea collar could be linked to several pet deaths. The EPA has received several incident reports about Seresto flea collars. If you are using this product and have questions or concerns, call you veternarian.
A warning for those who play ball on the beach with their dogs. "Sand Colic" can be a serious threat to your pet. Sand Colic (intestingal sand impaction) can happen when dogs inadvertently swallow sand (from digging or constantly picking up sandy balls and toys). This can be especially dangerous when combined with sea water.
Don't forget to protect your animals against fleas and ticks. Remember to see your veternarian about getting heartworm protection. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes (the NC State bird...ha, ha, ha). Additionally, fire ants are out in full force. If your pet comes into contact with these pesky insects, do not hose them off. This often makes the ants angry causing more bites. Grab a pair of gloves and brush or pick the ants off your animal. If your pet shows signs of anaphylactic shock (lethargy, trouble breathing, drooling and vomiting) contact your veternarian immediately.
Spring seasonal allergies and toxins-While spring brings new beginnings and blooms, it can also bring potential dangers to pets. During this season when plants start to bloom, please be careful about what your pets dig up, smell, and eat. Many flowering plants like tulips, hyacintha, Carolina Jessamine/Jasmine, lilies and daffodiles can be toxic to animals. Fertilizers may also contain chemicals and herbicides that could be poisonous.
Public parks and open areas- while these may be a great place to enjoy the warm weather, be cautious about letting your animal drink from puddles. Leptospirosis is fairly common and is spread through infected urine which can contaminate puddles. The best way to prevent infection from Leptospirosis is to keep your pet up to date with vaccinations.