In the warmer weather we must make sure that our pets are happy, healthy and not suffering from the heat. We have put together some quick tips to help to have a lovely summer together.
DRINK: Make sure that your pet has a fresh bowl of water aleays available to them. They will drink more in the hot weather so you need to check and re-fill on a regular basis.
FEEDING: Often your pet will seem less interested in food during hot weather. This is normal. Don’t forget your pet is probably also being less energetic so it will equal out.
WALKS: In the warmer weather it makes sense to walk your dog during the cooler parts of they day (early morning and late evening). It is also a good idea to take a bottle of water with you.
IN THE CAR: If you take your dog out in the car then bear in mind that its is hotter in the back than in the front. Keep a careful eye on your dog whilst in the car and NEVER leave them in the car alone even on a slightly warm day. Leaving a window open a few inches, parking in the shade or leaving them a bowl of water in the car is NOT adequate. A dog left in a hot car can suffer heat stress and ulitmatley fatal heat stroke within 10 minutes. If you find a dog in a hot car, call th police, they will be able to take the appropriate action or advise you what to do.
CONSERVATORIES: This is similar to leaving your dog in a car on a hot day. Never leave your pet in a conservatory alone. The same applies for greenhouses or any area that is likely to heat up in the sun.
HEATSTROKE: Always bear in mind that your dog has a fur coat on that is designed to trap in heat. Also, they cannot sweat to cool down and have to rely on panting to regulate their body temperature. Be particularly aware of short nose breeds, overweight dogs, yongsters and older dogs.
SUNBURN AND PAW BURN: Pets love to sit in the sun but dont let them bake themselves. Provide plenty of shaded places for them. Pets with light or white coats or exposed skin can get sunburn. Don’t walk your dog on hot surfaces such as tarmac, pavements etc as this will burm their pads. If it is too hot for the back of your hand, it is too hot for their pads.
HOT AND BOTHERED: We can all feel a bit grumpy and agitated in the heat. Your pet is likely to feel the same. Take this into account when you interact with them.
WASP AND BEE STINGS: Pets love to chase buzzing insects but getting too close can be dangerous. Most insect stings will simply cause your pet pain and irritation, but multiple stings can be fatal. Dogs are at risk when they snap at bees and wasps because this makes them more likely to get stung in the mouth or throat. Stings in these areas are hazardous because any swelling can lead to a blockage in the pets airway. Some pets are allergic to bee and wasp stings, so watch out for the sighns of an allergic reaction, including swelling and difficulty breathing. If you think you pets has been stung multiple times or is having an allergic reaction, bring them to the clinic straight away.
ADDERS: Adders are the only venomous snake in the UK and while they tend to stay out of the way of humans ar dogs etc, your pet may encounter one while exploring heathland, woodland or sandy areas. Adders can be dangerous to dogs if disturbed because they bite when threatend. If you think your pet has been bitten by an adder, call us straight away. Dogs are likely to survive an adder bite if treated quickly. If you can, try and carry your pet rather then letting then walk, this will help stop the venom spredding.
SWIMMING: Swimming is excellent exercise for dogs and a great way to cool down in summer. Remember though, not all dogs like to swim, so don’t force them and never throw a dog in water. Be wary of tides at beaches. Drinking salt water is likely to make your dog sick. Always ensure you have fresh water fro them to drink. Wash sand and salt off their coat after swimming to prevent it drying their skin and irritation. Be careful to avoid heat stoke on a beach. Watch out for currents in rivers. Sadly, each year dog owners drown trying to rescue their pets. Don’t rsik dangerous situations.
FLEAS AND TICKS: Flea bites are annoying and itchy for most pets, but if they are allergic to them then they can cause real discomfort and severe scratching, which can be come infected. Regular flea treatment is the only way to prevent these little critters. A one off application will not be enough. The most effective treatments come from your vet. If your pet has fleas, you will need to treat your home as well to get rid off the eggs. Ticks are spider-like, egg shaped creepy crawlies that are common in woodland, grassland and heath areas. Tick carry dieases, so its important to remove any that attach themselves to your dog. Twisting them off your dog is the best removal method and you can get these from us or you can book in for us to remove them for you.