Enjoying warm weather and being outside as much as possible is all part of a fulfilling summer. But the season can present real problems for your pet. Here, Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic's head vet Simon lists the six most common perils to avoid.
1. Parasite bites
Parasites can be a problem all year round, but they’re most common in the warmer months. Fleas, ticks and worms are more likely to pester your pet during this time of year, so make sure you’re treating them regularly.
2. Hot weather
The obvious stress factor for our pets this season is soaring temperatures. Heat can cause animals to suffer from dehydration and severe discomfort. Not only that, but long hours outside in high temperatures can lead to heatstroke. Make sure your pets have access to shade and fresh water at all times.
Much like humans, pets can suffer from sunburn, especially if their fur is particularly thin. Keep in mind how hot pavements and roads can get in high summer, so try to prevent your pets going outside at the hottest time of day to protect delicate paws. Talk to our head nurse, Katie, about sunscreen for your pet if you’re concerned.
4. Getting lost
We fling open our windows and doors much more frequently during the summer, which provides your pets with plenty of opportunity to explore. Be mindful of your pet’s whereabouts at all times; and make sure it’s microchipped so that you’ll be able to track it down quickly, if he or she does go missing.
Summertime usually means we’re relaxing on holiday. Meanwhile, your pet may be experiencing more stress than usual if you leave them in kennels or a cattery. An unusual environment without their owners can be a worrying experience, so do some research in advance to find the best boarding option for your pet.
Some pets suffer from noise phobias and they may be frightened by thunderstorms. As a result, they could display anxious or abnormal behaviour during this muggy time of year. Talk to us about pheromones to help keep your pet calm if they seem nervous in stormy weather.