watch out, the sun is about…
Heat stroke is an extremely serious problem and can be fatal. Although all dogs are at risk, the shorter faced breeds, like Staffies, Pugs and Bulldogs are most vulnerable, and the danger is even greater if they are overweight. To prevent problems, avoid exercising your pets in the midday heat. If you become worried, move to a cool, shaded place, wet their coat with tepid water and phone the vet.
Most cats are real sun worshippers, which doesn't tend to be a problem unless they have white ears or noses, making them vulnerable to sunburn which is painful in itself, but can also trigger skin cancers. Ask your vet about applying sunscreen to your cat’s ears and nose. Remember to leave plenty of fresh water around for your cat to drink and make sure they have a cool place to sleep.
Grass seeds are another summer problem - the grass awns of the meadow grasses are easily trapped in the coats of pets, especially dogs. They then migrate and become lodged in a variety of places, commonly the ears and between the toes. It's a good idea to groom your pets regularly, and especially after walks, to keep an eye out for grass seeds.
Lovely weather and longer evenings mean lots of people break out the barbeque, and dogs often have a great time hoovering up the left-overs. This can cause tummy upsets, but more seriously, if anything like bones, kebab sticks and sweetcorn cobs are snaffled, they can lead to serious blockages requiring life-saving surgery to remove.
don’t forget your rabbit!
It is especially important to remember to keep an eye on your rabbit during the summer months. Make sure bunny is out of the sun in a cool, shaded area. In hot weather you can put a frozen water bottle in your bunny’s cage so he can lean against it to keep cool.
If you have any concerns about your pet, contact our friendly team on 01858 462 839 or visit www.ashtreevets.co.uk