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As summer comes around our dogs spend far more outside, going on long walks, playing fetch and lounging in the grass. The only downside is this gives ample opportunity for them to pick up nasty ticks, injuries and rashes.
Obviously spotting big red blotches on your pooch's stomach would be a cause of concern for many pet owners, and would have the most doting racing to the vets at the earliest opportunity.
Well according to one veterinary clinic, they probably aren't anything to be worried about...
Morinville Veterinary Clinic in Morinville in Edmonton, Canada explained they'd received tons of calls about similar symptoms on their pets: large red spots spreading all across the stomach...
Sharing the message alongside a nasty-looking rash on the tummy of one of their patients, the vets explained that the bites are simply down to flies from laying in the grass.
"As Spring starts, we are getting more and more phone calls about red bites on your dogs' stomach. We wanted to give everyone this information, these are a type of fly bite, and dogs generally get them from laying in the grass," a spokesperson said.
"They look terrible, but usually do not bother the dogs. They heal quickly on their own, and do not require any treatment. These flies are usually around for a few weeks every spring and then go away."
The veterinary practice added: "We hope this eases any worry that you may have had about your own dog! If you have any concerns please feel free to call the clinic for more information!"
Naturally, pet owners were beyond relieved to get the memo which, judging by the massive online response, seemed to put many people's minds at ease.
"Wow what a great Veterinary clinic you are!," wrote one. "Amazing that you shared this to inform people that their pets will be ok and they do not need to panic! I am so glad to see that there still are some professional places that are honest, kind and caring."
"Most other veterinary place will milk the problem and proudly suck the money out of worried pet owners!," another wrote.
"I thank you for this information, as I took my dogs in to the vet this morning, but is apparently not a big deal . $170 later [sic]," said another.
"Oh thank you for the information. I was just getting ready to run out to the vet and spend a good $200 I really don't have," another commenter wrote.
Peace of mind restored!