ARE YOU OUTDOOR AWARE?
We all like to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months but have you considered the hazards that could present as a problem while out with your pet?
Bees and Wasps
- Many dogs and even cats find playing/chasing wasps a great afternoon activity.
- If you notice your pet stalking bees or wasps try to discourage this.
- During the summer months it is common for us to get a call saying that a pet has been stung. Should your pet get stung, stay calm and call your local Pet Doctors clinic as soon as possible to arrange to bring your pet in to be examined and suitable treatment prescribed.
For more information about stings, click here.
- Adders are the only venomous snake in the UK. Generally they will move out of your way but occasionally they will strike, especially if a bouncy dog wants to play with it.
- If your pet gets bitten by an adder, you should seek immediate veterinary attention. A snake bike that is not treated can lead to serious problem including increased swelling and bruising; vomiting and can affect blood clotting.
Find out more about snake bites here.
- Heat stroke can be caused in several ways.
- One of the main stances where this can happen is where a dog is left in a hot car, or a conservatory, with no where to escape. This can be fatal if left too long.
- Dogs should only be walked at the beginning or at the end of the day during the hotter months.
- In the summer you also need to consider the length of your pet's coat and a trip to the groomers may be worthwhile.
Top Tip to Keep Your Dog Cool
Frozen Kongs are a great way of keeping your pet amused and keeping them cool at the same time.
For more information on Hyperthermia click here.
Ponds and Lakes
- Ponds and Lakes are to dogs the ideal way of cooling down during a walk but be careful. Your dog may be used to water but if he/she gets out of their depth they can panic very quickly.
- Discourage drinking pond water as it could contain blue green algee which could make your pet unwell.
- Ticks are extremely common this time of year. They can be found on wild animals and will attach to your pets when they have been in/near long grass.
- Ticks can be easily removed with a tick remover or you can apply a tick and flea treatment which will get rid of them.
- Speak to your local veterinary clinic staff for more information relating to tick products.
Find out more about Ticks here.
Always keep your vet's telephone number on you in case of emergencies while out and about.