Summer Dangers For Pets

The long Summer days are now upon us and while we enjoy the great outdoors we need to take care and consideration for our pets.

The Summer months are a glorious time of year for us all to enjoy, however, you need to be extra vigilant as this time of year can present a variety of dangers for our furry friends.

Some Dangers to watch out for whilst out & about during the Summer Months:-

Ticks

If during the long balmy days your pet loves to be outdoors for a considerable amount of time you need to check their coat at least once a day for ticks.

Ticks thrive at this time of year and are a potential spreader of diseases in pets. As well as causing a nasty bite, ticks can also transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, which are dangerous to pets and humans. While we used to see very little Lyme’s disease in the UK, it has unfortunately become more of a concern with global warming and easy travel between England and the continent.

Ticks are more common in woodland and grassland but can also live in your garden, especially if there are a lot of hedgehogs around. We also see a lot of them on dogs who have been to the Mournes, Donegal or any area where there is a lot of heather present.

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This video shows a tick that James successfully removed from a dog at one of our practices.

Tick Prevention

Dogs are more affected by ticks than cats, and in thicker coated breeds ticks can be harder to spot.

In recent years, tick prevention has moved from spot on treatments (which can be susceptible to water when swimming or bathing) to oral treatments lasting up to three months in some cases. Since these treatments are also included in our great value Pet Club, it is worth signing up to keep your pet protected and save up to 32% on the yearly cost of preventative treatment.

Ask any of our staff for details and remember that all through July we are running a fantastic promotion where everyone signing up for Pet club gets their first month on us!

For more information, check these handy online links or better still, give us a call to discuss your pet’s individual requirements.

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Algae

If you like to get out and about and go on long trails around the local park or further afield. Take extra care around lakes, rivers and ponds for blue-green algae.

Is algae dangerous for dogs? The bacteria known as cyanobacteria forms on the surface of the water by creating a scum or foam, this is toxic for dogs.

Do not let your dog drink or swim in water containing blue-green algae. Exposure to this type of algae is often fatal. It can also cause long term health problems in dogs that drink or swim in contaminated water. Certain types of blue-green algae can kill a dog in just 15 minutes.

Bee & Wasp Stings

The sound of little bees buzzing around may not be what we want to hear this Summer. Your pet will be intrigued by this noise and happily chase and snap at this buzzing object flying around its head to investigate.

Normally stings aren’t life threatening to pets however they can cause swelling to the face and neck. In more extreme circumstances your pet may break out in hives (bumps) all over their body.

Bee stings on dogs & pets. Watch out for the more severe signs of stings:-

  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Weakness
  • Pale Gums

In any of the instances above seek Vet attention immediately.

Barbeques

If you love socialising with family and friends with a barbeque on a warm night, be extra careful on what food may be at hand for your furry friend to be nibbling on.

The slow cooked meats on a barbeque are a delightful taste to us, and our little friends can’t help themselves but want share. Take note that this type of cooked meat can cause diarrhoea in dogs.

Some food items that may present themselves on the outdoor dining table, are grapes, onions, garlic and raisins. Grapes and raisins are safe for cats but toxic for dogs. Keep onions and garlic away from cats and dogs.

Finally, be careful with discarded kebab sticks…we usually see a few cases each year where a pet has eaten one and have needed expensive and dangerous surgery to remove it from their intestines! Prevention is better than cure so make sure all your guests know where to dispose of them safely!

The summer sunshine can be enjoyed by all of us including our animals but there are a few things to be aware of.

Just remember to take caution while out and about on your summer adventures and never leave your pets unattended in a hot car!

Enjoy the sunshine wisely and safely and a good time can be had by all!