Summer is a wonderful time for pet owners! Longer days and shorter nights can lead to some magical adventures for you and your pets. But the warm weather can come with some potential dangers for your furry friends. That’s why we’ve put together a list of common summertime hazards for your pet. Read on for 5 tips on how to avoid these dangers and keep your dogs and cats happy and healthy this summer!
Just like their owners, cats and canines alike are more prone to dehydration in hot weather. Make sure your pet always has fresh water readily available – leave a bowl outside if your dog enjoys the fresh air and your cat loves exploring. When you’re on walks, take a bowl and some water with you. While most walking hotspots are pretty dog friendly, it doesn’t harm to bring one yourself just in case!
You’ve heard it time and time again, and for good reason. Do not leave your pet in your car. This one’s mostly for dog owners, but can apply to your feline friends as well. Even with the window cracked, it’s simply too hot for your pet. No matter how quick you think you’ll be, don’t risk it. Heat exhaustion is a real threat to pets, and shouldn’t be risked under any circumstance.
Overheating doesn’t just happen in cars! Look out for common symptoms, like excessive panting, especially from cats, and your pet being more lethargic than usual. More serious symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhoea. Keep an eye on your pets in the heat, and again, make sure they’ve always got access to shade and fresh water. Keeping a shallow paddling pool in the garden can do wonders for your dog’s heat!
Ticks! Fleas! Mosquitoes! All these parasites can be more commonly picked up in the summer months. Especially as your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, and might socialise with more and more pets. Bear in mind, ticks are often harder to find on thicker coated animals, so always check thoroughly for the parasites. Once you find a tick, carefully and safely remove it, and look out for any behavioural changes relating to illness.
To some, the warm weather can only mean one thing – it’s barbecue time! It’s even more magical sharing the time with your pets, but don’t forget the risks! Make sure your barbecue’s always attended. Hot grills and tempted pets don’t go together too well! You could be tempted to share some of your tasty treats, but remember that many pets react badly to a lot of barbecue food. Definitely don’t share any bones, as these can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.
The summer’s a magical time for pet owners, and it’s a great opportunity to share life’s greatest adventures with your furry friends. But pets can be at risk of falling ill over the summer, even with the most diligent of owners taking care of them. If you’re a dog or cat owner, you might want to think about Pet Insurance. With up to 30% discount on Dog or Cat Insurance*, you could be covered for up to £8,000 in Vet’s Fees^ should your pet become unwell. Head on down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
* The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.
^ Cover up to £8,000 available on Lifetime Gold, Lunar Monthly Dog Insurance and Cat Insurance policies.
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