April showers bring May flowers. And diarrhea. As the weather warms and the snow melts, there’s a lot of water pooling. And sitting. These can form mini lakes and ponds along the sidewalk or in your back yard. These puddles contain an accumulation of everything that has built up over the winter – everything from dirt, snow molds, fecal contamination from other animals etc. While we highly encourage enjoying the fresh air and gorgeous weather after a long winter of hibernation, please exercise caution around very wet areas. There are many things like Giardia or other parasites and molds that thrive in these wet conditions and can cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhea in our furry friends when ingested. Avoiding these areas and ensuring that your pets don’t drink these stale puddles is a great way to minimize the incidence of diarrhea… and a trip to see the vet (as much as we love seeing you all). That being said, if your pet does come down with a case of the runs, we’re here for you. Try and bring a fresh sample with you if you can as well. And be sure to wash your hands! Some of these critters are zoonotic (transmissible to people).
"I love the smell of feces in the morning."