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Posted on 05-23-2017

Foxtails and Spring Hazards in Colorado Springsfoxtails & Spring pet hazards in Colorado

What does spring mean for you and your dog or cat? Most likely you’ll be spending more time outside together enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine. But spring also poses some health and safety issues for your pet that you should be aware of. Here are some tips for steering clear of a few spring safety hazards around Colorado Springs, and what you should do if you have a problem.

The Dangers of Foxtails

A foxtail is a grass-like weed found in Colorado and other western states. While it looks harmless, the truth is, it can cause a lot of damage to your pet. Foxtails grow a barbed seed head, that when rubbed up against, can work its way into your dog or cat’s skin, ears, eyes, or mouth. They are so dangerous because they never voluntarily come out, instead, they move forever forward, penetrating organs and causing serious damage, including infection, and even death. The easiest way to prevent foxtails from embedding themselves into your dog or cat is to keep them out of tall, grassy areas. Inspect your pets for foxtails daily, and remove them with tweezers if you find them. Foxtails won’t come out on their own, so it’s very important that you contact your veterinarian near Colorado Springs if you can’t get a foxtail out. You should take your pet immediately to the animal hospital to have the foxtail removed.

Fleas, Ticks, and Tick-Born Diseases

In Colorado, and across the United States, tick populations are on the rise, increasing the risk of tick-borne diseases in humans, pets, and wildlife. The most common illness to affect pets in Colorado Springs is Colorado Tick Fever, which produces flu-like symptoms in your dog. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be fatal to both dogs and humans, is quite rare in our area. Fleas are also very common in the springtime, causing a range of issues, from itching and rashes to infections, parasitic diseases, and allergies. The best way to protect your pets from fleas and ticks is to use an oral or topical medication prescribed by vets near Colorado Springs. Make an appointment to find out which preventative is preferable for your unique needs.

Contact Our Veterinarian in Colorado Springs for More Information Today!

Springtime is a great time of year to get outside with your pet, but it’s important to be aware of potential dangers and spring hazards. Schedule an appointment with Centennial Animal Hospital to protect your pet from fleas and ticks, and if you suspect your pet may have an embedded foxtail, give us a call today to have it removed immediately.

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