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Summer Pet Safety Tips
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Summer Pet Safety

Whether you have a dog, cat or rabbit, see our advice on keeping them healthy and happy over the summer months. 

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As the summer gets into full swing, here's some summer safety tips...

The hot weather can cause real problems for our pets. From BBQ safety, to taking your dog on holiday or even leaving them in kennels, follow these simple top tips from the vets and nurses at Vets4Pets to keep your pet happy and healthy this summer.
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Cats

Originating from the desert, cats are generally very comfortable in the heat and can often be found stretched out sunbathing in the summer months.


Cats (like dogs and rabbits) have sweat glands in their feet so if you notice wet pawprints it’s sweating. Make sure that they always have fresh drinking water and access to a cool environment should they need it.


Cats generally sleep about 16 hours a day but will nap more on hot days.


Play with your cat during the cooler hours in the summer months.

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Dogs

Dogs are generally sensible in the heat, but they can easily overheat when playing games and running so be very careful when playing games or exercising them.  


To be safe, it is best to walk your dog during the cooler morning and evening hours in the summer months 


Beware of heatstroke and dehydration. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, vomiting & collapse – if you are at all concerned then please contact your vet straight away. 


Never leave your dog in the car, because even with the windows cracked it might only take a matter of minutes for the temperature inside to soar to fatal levels.

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Rabbits

Hygiene is very important in the summer months as flies and maggots cause flystrike which is often fatal. Check your rabbit’s bottom 2 or 3 times a day in the summer months to ensure they are clean & dry and infestation free. 


If you need to take your rabbit out in the summer months never leave your rabbit in the car because hot cars can be fatal for pets.

Move you rabbit’s hutch to a shady spot or move it indoors to a room with air conditioning or a cooling fan.


Preparing your pet for the heat

Even here in the UK, where the weather is somewhat  unpredictable, the heat can prove a problem for pets in  the summer months.

   

One of the most common  problems seen in our  veterinary practice is dogs, cats and rabbits suffering from dehydration or heat stroke.

  

In severe cases, these  conditions can lead to kidney and other organ failure, which can prove fatal. In this video, we look at these issues in more detail and give you some top tips and advice on how to protect your pets, prevent accidents, and ensure they play safe in the summer sun.


More information on spotting heatstroke in dogs

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BBQ summer safety

Everyone loves the barbecue season and a good summer party out in the garden.

But unless you and your guests pay special care and attention, these enjoyable days can turn out tragically for your family pets.

This video highlights potential choking and poisoning hazards you may not even have considered, and gives some top tips and advice on how best to protect your pets, prevent accidents and ensure they play safe at summertime parties.


Pet in the garden safety

Getting out in the garden with your pets in Summer is one of life’s great pleasures, but did you know that there are all sorts of hazards and dangers out there for the family dog, cat or rabbit?


Including some flowers and plants; compost heaps; ponds and other common garden substances.


This video highlights some of the potential risks and offers some top tips and advice on how to protect your pets, prevent accidents and ensure safe play out in the garden this summer.


Common summer ailments and conditions

In the summer, when your pets are out and about more than in the winter months, the warm weather aids the growth of bugs and bacteria that can lead to a host of common summer ailments including fleas, worms and flystrike. And, if your pet isn’t neutered, there’s also the risk of pregnancy even in kittens and puppies as young as 6-9 months. 


In this video, we look at these things in more detail and give you top tips and advice on dealing with them.


Taking your pet with you on holiday

Your pets are part of the family and, if you can take them away with you when you go away on holiday, all the better. There are lots of pet friendly campsites, hotels and B&B’s throughout the UK and in the EU, but its not only your accommodation to you have to plan ahead for.
    
In this video, we examine everything from which pets you can take away, short and long journeys and dealing with the heat; to pet passports, vaccinations and what to look for in a resort or location.


More information on pet passports


Leaving your pet when you go on holiday

Sometimes it’s not possible to take your pet on holiday with you and, of course, you want to be sure they’re well looked after when you’re away. We’re often asked for advice here in practice on the best options for the pets we look after and we’re happy to give suggestions based on individual circumstances.

In this video we look at the pros and cons of pet sitting, dog boarding, kennels or cattery, or simply having a friend or neighbour popping in once or twice a day.


More information on caring for your dog whilst you're away


More information on caring for your cat whilst you're away