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Summer Pet Safety Tips

As the summer gets into full swing, here are some summer tips and facts: from heatstroke to what to do when you’re going on holiday...

The hot weather can cause real problems for our pets.

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

Read more about preparing your pet for the heat here.

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Dogs

Most dogs are sensible in the heat, but remember that they can easily overheat when playing games and running, so be careful when playing games or exercising them.

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Cats

While, being heat lovers, cats are often found basking in the warmest spot in the house, it is important to remember that they can suffer from heat stroke if they find that they can’t cool down.

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Rabbits

Just like dogs and cats, rabbits can suffer from heat stroke. This happens when a rabbit gets overheated and is especially true in bunny breeds with long or thick coats.

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  • Avoid visiting in the middle of the day when it's hottest. Hot sand can burn your pet's paws
  • Drinking salt water can cause an upset stomach, so carry plenty of fresh water to keep your dog hydrated
  • Always keep an eye on your dog in the water. Dogs can swim but can get into difficulty just like people, especially in open water
  • Saltwater can irritate a dog's skin, so give them a rinse with fresh water after their splash in the sea
  • Lots of things can wash up on the beach, and may cause a curious pet harm. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t pick up anything left lying around
  • Many dogs love water, so splash around in a paddling pool, or with a hosepipe to help cool them down
  • Don’t spray water into your dog’s mouth – too much water ingestion in a short time can cause problems for pets
  • Create shady areas for your cat to hide in and keep cool
  • Rabbits love to run around and explore, so make sure your garden is safe and secure and doesn't contain any toxic plants
  • Prevent flystrike by keeping your rabbit's hutch clean and dry. Apply preventative treatment and check their bottom daily
  • Keep scraps of BBQ food away from your pets, as it could upset their stomach
  • Ensure your bins are secure so your pet can't sniff out and eat anything that could harm them
  • Make sure your dog is controlled, in good health and their vaccinations are up to date if they're going to be around other dogs
  • Is your dog trained to recognise your commands? Know their temperament when around other dogs
  • Use rubber toys such as Frisbees or balls, as plastic and especially wooden sticks, can splinter and cause serious injury 
  • Take an umbrella for shade so your pet can rest and keep cool
  • Ensure your pet has had their preventative treatments against ticks, fleas and worms
  • Check your pet when you get home for any parasites or grass seeds

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