Spring Showers Bring May Flowers And Uncomfortable Diseases
April showers can bring May flowers, but they can also bring a range of health problems for pets. As the wet weather rolls in, know what to look for and take precautions to protect your pets from these common health issues.
Leptospirosis is a common waterborne disease that is found mostly in stagnant bodies of water, such as ponds, lakes, puddles or even urine pooled on the sidewalk. Dogs are most susceptible, but leptospirosis can also affect humans. As you walk your dog and play outside in the spring, it's important to be aware of what you both touch. You should also ask your veterinarian about the four-way leptospirosis vaccination, that covers the 4 most common types of leptospira. Symptoms of a leptospirosis infection can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Respiratory distress
Just like people, pets can have indoor and outdoor allergies that are exacerbated by the weather. Pollen from trees, grass, flowers and weeds can increase when it rains, as can mildew and mold spores. Allergy symptoms can range from itchy skin and constant licking, to runny eyes and sneezing for both cats and dogs. If you suspect your pet has an allergy, talk to your veterinarian about allergy testing and treatment. Treatment options could include antihistamines, medicated pet shampoos or allergy shots.
Ear infections are extremely common in dogs, particularly when there is moisture in their environment. Their ear canals have more of an "L" shape than human ears do, so they tend to hold more fluids and moisture, making them prone to infections. Common symptoms include:
- Excessive scratching
- Shaking their head
- Red or inflamed skin on the underside of the ear
- Blocked ear canal with a cauliflower-like appearance
Ear infections are often painful, so your pet may show behavioral changes, shy away from being petted on their head, or scratch at their ear. If you suspect your dog has an ear infection, make an appointment with your pet's veterinarian. They may prescribe ear drops, like Mometamax®, and a pain management medication. Once the infection is clear, clean your pet's ears on a regular basis to keep them happy and healthy.
- AVMA; https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Leptospirosis.aspx. Accessed on October 17, 2018.
- VCA Animal Hospital; https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/allergy-general-in-dogs. October 17, 2018.
- American Kennel Club; https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-allergies-symptoms-treatment/. October 17, 2018.
- American College of Veterinary Surgeons; https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/otitis-externa. Accessed October 17, 2018.
Mometamax Otic Suspension should be discontinued if any hypersensitivity to its components occurs. Do not use in dogs with known tympanic perforation. For side effects and warnings, please see accompanying Product Information.