Summer’s finally here! And with the return of the longer, warmer days, Summer is a great time to get out there and get active with your dog! However, there are a few things to be particularly mindful of as you’re having fun with your dog this festive season.
As you start to fire up the barbecue again, remember that onions and garlic can be highly toxic to our dogs. Cooked bones can also cause damage to your dog’s intestines that may require surgery. And don’t let them get to the oil from the barbecue or feed them highly fatty meat, as this can cause severe gastro and or even a condition called pancreatitis, that again requires hospitalization for supportive care.
The return of the hot weather means our dogs will start to lie around and soak up the sun rays for hours on end. And whilst they may love the rays, our dogs can also get aggressive forms of skin cancer. Dogs with light colour noses or thin haired bellies that lie stretched out on their back can be at higher risk, so make sure you pick up some dog sunscreen from us to help keep your dog covered.
Another thing to be mindful of this time of year is heat stroke, which occurs when your dog’s body warms up beyond the level that their body can cope with. This can occur after bouts of extreme exercise, being locked in cars or having no access to water. Brachycephalic dogs, which means dogs with short faces, like pugs and Cavaliers, are even more prone to heat stroke. If your pet is panting uncontrollably, anxious, lethargic, vomiting or feels very hot, please come and see us immediately as heat stroke requires rapid veterinarian attention.
And, unfortunately the hot weather means that snakes will be active again and are more of a threat on hotter days. The most common snake bites are brown and tiger snakes, and the venom is highly lethal to our dogs. If you have seen or suspect your dog has been bitten, keep them quiet and if possible carry them to the car and take them to your vet immediately, as they will need antivenom and life saving treatment.
Fleas also love the warm weather and the best time for fleas to breed is summer. So now, more than ever, make sure you’re up to date with flea control for all of your pets. There are lots of different options to choose from, so feel to drop in and have a chat about which product is best suited to your dog.
As always, make your dog’s health a priority this Summer, and from all the team, we wish you and your dog lots of fun in the beautiful weather.