Advice by Saisons

spring

It is finally there, the long awaited spring. And if this season is probably the most enjoyable of the year, it is unfortunately not without danger for our friends on all fours.

1. Ticks, fleas, augats, mosquitoes ...
2. Processionary caterpillars
3. The Snakes
4. Toxic plants
5. Insecticides
6. Allergies

Ticks, fleas, autates, mosquitoes

The rise in temperatures is inevitably accompanied by the reappearance of fleas, which are experiencing a peak of recrudescence at this time.
The tick also benefits from the return of heat to poison the life of your animal.

The tick, which is found in forests and in gardens, can transmit serious canine diseases, such as piroplasmosis or Lyme disease ...
There are several possible treatments, tablets, powder, spray, anti-parasite collars that you will find at your veterinarian.

The processional caterpillars

The processionary caterpillars (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) colonize pines in many regions, including the Ile de France. In March, April, May the caterpillars descend from the trees in a long procession to bury themselves in the ground several tens of meters further. The caterpillars are covered with extremely stinging hairs. They come off easily when the caterpillar is worried, releasing a very irritating substance. Above all, never touch the caterpillars with your hands!
Gravity:
It is a real veterinary emergency. The irritant substance released by the hair of the caterpillars causes irritation of the skin, tongue, eyes, bronchi ... leading to advanced mcrosis requiring amputations. On animals (or people) allergic to violent reactions (angioedema, anaphylactic shock) can be life threatening.
 
Main causes:
The curiosity of the dog causes him to lick the caterpillars that are on the ground. The stinging hairs then lead to severe necrosis.
 
REVENUE:
There are several types of prevention:

In late winter, setting traps along the trunks of pines that have a nest. Down the trunk, the caterpillars will be captured in a plastic bag. The traps should be well laid and sufficiently high to prevent access by a child or an animal.

A trap for capturing caterpillars that
Descend from the tree to bury themselves
 
If you see nests in the pines, report them to your City Council, which can set up appropriate intervention plans. Do not remove the nests yourself.
 
Eco-prevention: Improved biodiversity allows better control of caterpillar populations. It is thus advisable to install tick boxes. This insectivorous bird loves to devour the processionary caterpillars.

Plant hardwoods on the edge of pine forests, especially birches that emit repellent odors.