We all love the summer – warm lazy days and longer evenings, but it’s worth sparing a thought for our pets. With this in mind here are a few tips:
Heat can be a real danger for many pets. Make sure shade and fresh clean water are always available. Avoid exercising your dogs in the heat of the day, in particular old, overweight dogs with heart problems. Stick to early morning and evening walks.
Cats are natural sun bathers but cats with white noses and ear tips are vulnerable to sunburn and subsequent skin cancer. The risk can be reduced by keeping them out of the sun or by applying a factor 50 sunblock to their ears and nose during the summer months. Suitable sunblock is available through our surgery.
Grass seeds of the meadow grasses are easily trapped in dogs’ coats. They become lodged in a variety of places including the ear canal and between the toes. Regular grooming, especially after walks, is helpful in preventing problems associated with both grass seeds and ticks. Grass seeds are particularly sharp and can penetrate the skin and enter the body where they can cause abscess formation.
Flies can be a problem in the summer months. They are particularly attracted to rabbits if they have soiled bottoms. Here they lay their eggs which rapidly hatch out into flesh-eating maggots. It is therefore important to check your rabbits’ bottoms on a daily basis and call us at once if you are worried.
Finally, please remember – NEVER leave a pet in a car on a hot day.