VetVits May 12, 2017

The skies are blue, the sun is shining and both you and your pet are looking forward to a summer season packed with fun. The problem is, summer can also be a dangerous time for your cat and dog - we’ve broken down some of summer’s biggest offenders...

Food

Don’t share your barbecue!
Not only could the meat burn their mouth, but hidden bones can cause serious damage. Cooked bone can cut their mouth, or get trapped in their wind pipe. Fat trimmings are also a common cause of pancreatic issues for dogs.

Avocado is not a pet superfood.
Avocado contains something called persin which can be fatal to dogs in large doses.

Spilt your drink? Don’t let your pet lick it up…
The caffeine in fizzy drinks, energy drinks and tea and coffee can have serious health consequences for your pet, including vomiting, diarrhoea and breathing issues.

Salty snacks are a no-go…
Too much salt makes your pet thirsty and could cause to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, a temperature and tremors.

Is your dog too hot? Give them an ice cube rather than a milk-based product like ice-cream, which can give them digestive problems and trigger food allergies.

The sun

Sunburn
Short-haired pets and those with pink skin burn easily, so ensure there’s always a cool, protected place for them to go. Find a good, reliable pet sunscreen and pay extra attention to the edges of your cat and dog’s ears and the end of their nose.

Just too hot
While cats tend to be much better at looking after themselves, if our dogs are out and about with us, it’s harder for them to get to the shade when they need it. Avoid taking them out in the heat of the sun between 11am and 3pm and be mindful of the temperature of the ground (especially tarmac and sand) underneath their paws.

Dehydration
Pets need plenty to drink in hot weather, just like we do. Ensure they have more than one bowl of water, just in case one is knocked over.

Fleas and worms

Fleas and ticks
Warmth and humidity speeds up the flea and tick life cycle which, combined with the abundance of summer wildlife, means that if you’re not treating all of your pets regularly, the problem can quickly get out of control. The only way to prevent it is to treat all pets regularly throughout the year.

Worms
Of the four most common worms in the UK, three (roundworms, hookworms and whipworms) are contracted from contaminated soil, while tapeworms are caught from fleas. As your dog is likely to be spending more time outdoors, ensure you’re using an inclusive treatment on your pet.

Skin problems

Nutritional changes
Our pets’ diet can change with the seasons. To ensure they’re still getting everything they need to support their skin and coat health, an omega supplement can help ward off potential skin problems.

Environmental influences
Irritants like pollen or grass are far more prevalent in the summer and can affect their skin and coat health. Brushing your pet regularly will help to remove the allergens and supporting their skin health with an omega supplement can make them more comfortable too.

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