Summer Tips for Healthy Pets
As the summer weather finally kicks in, it's worth remembering that our pets – in particular dogs - are susceptible to heat stroke, and it is important for us to keep them cool. There are several ways you can do this:
- Only walk them at dawn and dusk, avoid the hottest times of the day.
- Supply plenty of bowls of drinking water, including in the garden. If you can, provide them with a paddling pool if they enjoy a dip!
- Place a fan somewhere in the house, ideally in a room with a hard floor so they can lie out in front of it.
- Fill old yogurt pots with water and a small amount of stock or diluted gravy (as long as it doesn’t contain onion or garlic) and freeze it to save as an ice cold treat for your dog!
- Frozen carrots are another tasty treat and great for your dogs teeth.
- Carry fresh water with you on walks. There are some great travel bowls available so you can always offer your dog a drink. Don't allow your dog to drink salt water at the beach, as it can make them very poorly. Drinking out of puddles can also be dangerous especially if your dog isn’t vaccinated against Leptospirosis.
Avoid the dangers:
- NEVER leave a dog in a car or conservatory even on a mild day. Cars can heat up to dangerous levels extremely quickly becoming fatal.
- Never cover your dog in a wet towel, the towel will heat up rapidly and then feed the heat back into your dog.
- Tarmac can become very hot and burn your dog’s feet – avoid walking on roads during the middle of the day and always test the temperature with your hand first. A good rule of thumb is, if it's too hot for your hand – it's too hot for your dog.
- Look out for the signs of heat stroke: excessive panting, excessive salivation, wobbly gait, reddened gums and collapse.
Other summer tips:
- BBQs – although lots of fun we often see dogs who have eaten kebab sticks, cooked bones or corn on the cobs which have become stuck. Ensure these are kept well away from your pooch!
- Bunnies – our rabbits are very susceptible to fly strike in the summer. Always check your bunnies bottoms twice daily to ensure they are clean and dry!
- Feline friends – Cats tend to spend more time outside in the summer – this can mean more hunting and more fleas, ticks, mites and worms which can be aggravating for them and you! Always ensure they are up to date with regular parasite control.
- Pink skin – Our pets can become sunburned just like us. It is important to apply sun cream to pink areas of your pet – this is most important for our cats with white ears!
If you would like to travel with your pet then they will need a pet passport alongside a rabies vaccination. There are additional health concerns abroad that we would discuss with you during a pet passport consultation.
Category: Small Animals