Keeping your pet safe during summer

May 28, 2016

 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. With summer well and truly on the way we have put together some tips to keep your pets safe during this time.

 

 

 

Dehydration and Heat Stroke

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.  Some symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Excess lethargy

  • Decreased urination

  • Sunken eyes

  • Refusal to eat

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.

 

Cars

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 and fresh air.

 

Snakes and bee stings

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 which means pollen.  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 display these symptoms so you can get the best treatment  to alleviate them.

 

BBQs and Garden parties

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:

  • Barbeque: This slow-cooked delight can cause non-delightful diarrhoea in dogs.

  • Food with bones: Even things like bone-in wings can be very dangerous for your pet, as they may splinter and hurt their stomach lining, sometimes even piercing their bowels.

  • Fruits with stones:  Peaches, avocados and other pitted fruit can be choking hazards.

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.

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