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Summer safety tips

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer is the season to have fun in the sun and enjoy the great outdoors with our pets. Ensure you have a relaxing and carefree summer by keeping your pets safe with our top tips:

Heat stroke

With the weather hotting up, watch out for signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, lethargy, drooling, vomiting and collapse. To avoid heat exhaustion make sure your pet has access to enough shade and water, exercise at cooler times of the day and don’t leave them unattended in a hot car.

Sunburn

You may not think it, but pets are also at risk of getting sunburn. White, light-coloured or short-haired pets are particularly at risk so consider purchasing some pet-friendly sunscreen or at least a sun cream that is unscented and suitable for babies. Cats with white ears are particularly at risk of getting skin cancer due to sun damage.

Burned foot pads

Have you ever experienced the hop, skip and jump across the sand because it was too hot? Pavements, patios and the beach can get so hot they can actually burn your pet’s paw pads. You can usually test the ground surface by placing your hand on the pavement. If it’s too hot to hold your hand there, it’s too hot for your pets to walk on.

Barbeques and garden parties

Summertime parties can be hazardous for pets. From eating kebab skewers and cooked bones, to getting burnt stealing food off of the barbeque, there are many exciting temptations for the curious or greedy dog. It is easy to let your guard down when you’re having fun so inform your guests not to feed your dog and make sure your pet can escape to somewhere quiet if things get a bit overwhelming.

Parasites

Fleas and ticks are everywhere during the summer months, so make sure you keep up to date with your pet’s parasite control. Don’t forget your bunnies as well; the gruesome flystrike is rife during the summer months so keep checking your rabbit for any signs of an infestation. Speak to one of our highly trained receptionists if you would like some advice on what product to use.

If you are at all worried about your pet during the summer months, give your local surgery a call and they will be more than happy to help you.


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