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Our pets love summer just as much as we do! It’s the best time of year to be out and about and enjoying all that the season has to offer. However, warm weather and the summer season can be dangerous for our pets. We have put together some tips to keep your pets safe during this time.
Leaving your friend in the car for any period of time can be really dangerous to them. Make sure if you need to run an errand, take your pet with you rather than leaving them in a hot car. If for any reason this is not possible then you must leave a window open, they need ventilation, fresh air and a supply of water.
Summer brings many creatures out whether it is for food or just to get water. Snakes like to hide in tall grass or in shaded areas so make sure your garden is tidy to minimalize possible encounters. Bees love the summer as the flowers are in full bloom, dogs and cats often like chasing bees however if they get stung it can result in swelling and an irritation of the skin. Take your pet to your vet straight away if they are stung so you can get the best treatment to help alleviate their symptoms.
Everyone loves the smell of summer, including your pet. Some surprising foods, such as grapes, onions, garlic and raisins can be toxic to dogs and should stay off their menu. Some things to watch out for during the BBQ season:
As a rule, animals should have a shady place to lie in, especially at midday, when the sun is at its strongest.
Particularly sensitive animals can be given sun protection in the form of a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or a sunblock containing zinc oxide. This should only be used on thin coated or white dogs if their ears or coat are likely to burn. If you have any concerns or are unsure, it is always best to check with your local Vetsure Vet.
Longer walks when the sun’s rays can be particularly aggressive, mid-day times when the heat is at its worst should be avoided. If sunburn is visible as reddened, warm or flaking skin, the animal should be moved to the shade as quickly as possible. It is always best to carry water to drink or as a spray to cool them down and you are far from home.
Dehydration and heat stroke are very real threats when the hot days of summer are upon us. Our pets should always have fresh, clean water available, all year round.
Some breeds of cats and dogs are more prone to heat stroke due to their thick coats or if they are overweight. If they are overweight you should visit your vet and get some advice for helping your friend slim down for summer! Some of the symptoms to watch out for dehydration and heat stroke include:
If your pet does become dehydrated you can cool them down by spraying a hose over their body or getting a wet towel. If you become worried about their symptoms take them to your vet.
Grooming is especially important in the warmer weather. Brush your pet more often during the summer to get rid of excess or matted fur, which can weigh a pet down and contribute to overheating.
These dangers may sound scary, but a little preparation and watchful eye is all you need to take the heat off your summer and to make sure your pet is safe. Remember to always pop to see your vet for some additional advice, should you be concerned about your pets health.
Pets aren’t always cheap to look after, especially if something goes wrong, which is why insurance has now become a necessity for most owners. You can find out more about the benefits of our Dog Insurance policies and Cat Insurance policies or get a quote online alternatively please feel free to give us a call on 0800 050 2022 – we’d be happy to help wherever possible.