SUMMER TIME TIPS FOR YOUR PETS

Summertime means fun, sun and lots of playing out doors, but please remember to KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE FROM THE SUN

  • Sunburn: Our pets especially short coated and pale skinned dogs and cats can get sunburnt. Use sunscreen especially on their ears and noses. Put a light tee shirt over their body to help prevent sunburn. You can even buy Sun visors and sunglasses for your pet to help minimise the dangers of our Australian sun.
  • Heat stroke is another preventable problem that can occur this time of year. Be mindful that your dog has a good supply of water and a nice cool  shady area to rest. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, rapid pulse, drooling, shaking and fever. If any of this occurs cool your pet down as soon as possible and get straight to your veterinary hospital.
  • Cars are a killer. Never leave  pets in your car in the summer time. Even with windows down cars get extremely hot, which in turn can cause heatstroke.
  • Walking your dog earlier in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler will make walking much more comfortable for both you and your dog.  Be mindful of hot pavements when walking your dog during warm weather.
  • Grooming: If your cat of dog is long haired then consider getting them groomed. A trim can make all the difference to their comfort level in the hot weather. (We have a list of groomers in our small animal drop down section of this website).
  • Snakes are a constant danger especially in the summer. Help protect your pet by keeping your yard tidy, snakes love to hide in  tall grass and piles of junk. If your cat is allowed to go outside, do a quick surveillance of your yard beforehand to make sure the coast is clear. If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake. Ring your vet to notify them you are on the way. If you can identify the type of snake this will be helpful in treating your pet. There is a fantastic snake avoidance course available run by AnimalArk wildlife education and training. www.snakeavoidance.com.au or phone 08 9243 2044
  • Bee Stings: Dogs and cats love to investigate these buzzing bugs.  What should you do if you think your pet has been stung? “Often-nothing”. Watch how you pet is responding. If the sting is still present remove it by scrapping off at the base.  If there is lots of swelling, or lumps and bumps all over the body we recommend a visit to the vet. Human antihistamine tablets can often be used. Ring your vet to find out which antihistamine medication is suitable for dogs or cats. If their breathing deteriorates this is an emergency.
  • Barbeques: Everyone loves a BBQ even our pets who often get to feast on table scraps. But a little of this and a taste of that can be detrimental. A lot of fat can cause pancreatitis. Cooked bones can get stuck in mouths or cause impactions in the stomach. Corn cobs can’t be digested and can often cause an obstruction in the gut  and or a choking hazard.

These dangers sound scary, but a little preparation and watchful eye is all you need to take the heat off your summer.