During the summer months many different types of parasites are at their peak as the warm weather aids their growth. It's our role as dog lovers that we ensure our furry companions are protected.
If you regularly walk through long grass, parks, meadows or woodland, it may only be a matter of time before your dog is exposed to ticks. Once attached to your dog’s skin, they engorge themselves on your pet’s blood and it’s during this time that ticks can transmit deadly diseases.
It's important to check your pet regularly for ticks.
Fleas love the hot summer weather. Preventing an infestation is much easier and much more effective than trying to treat one that already exists. Not only can fleas cling onto fur, fleas can hitchhike on your clothing!
Pets are easily at risk of attracting different worms such as roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms. They can pick them up in a number of ways – from other infected animals, from their mother if she is infected while pregnant, or from eating worm eggs in infected faeces, urine or grass.
The worm is known to favour warmer temperatures and is caught through eating of slugs and snails. Although our dogs might not eat slugs and snails on purpose, they may do so by accident.
We would always recommend adding treatment for lungworm into your regular worming routine as it can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if left untreated.
As a dog owner you are aware that it is a legal requirement for all dogs in England, Wales and Scotland to be microchipped and wear a collar with an ID tag. Whether you are planning on taking your dog on a day trip or holiday, ensure your details are up to date.
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Since we don’t have fur coats like our dogs, it is essential to pay close attention to them when temperatures are high.
Everyone loves a BBQ, especially your dog, who will most likely be drooling over the delicious smells. Ensure your dog is kept well away from hot coals and gas cylinders.
Beware of certain foods such as onions and garlic as these can be toxic to dogs. Ensure meat bones are disposed of carefully – cooked bones tend to splinter and can easily puncture the intestines of a greedy dog.
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When going on holiday, checking your beloved dog into a kennel is something that many owners have to do. A reputable dog kennel will insist that your dog is fully vaccinated. Most kennels will not take dogs for boarding unless they have an up to date vaccination record. Accordingly, it is wise to ensure that your pets have their annual booster.
Kennel Cough – or Infectious Tracheobronchitis as it is properly known – is an extremely contagious respiratory illness in dogs and should be treated immediately.
A dog picks up the infection when they share common air space with an infected dog. This is one of the reasons that the illness has been given the name “kennel cough” – kennels are an ideal environment for the illness to spread quickly, as dogs are kept close together.
It's never too late to start a vaccination programme!
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On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Even with a window open, there's a chance your dog could overheat.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR
Your pet must be micro chipped, at least 15 weeks old, be up-to-date with all vaccinations (including rabies), treated for parasites such as tapeworm and be issued with a pet passport before you travel abroad.
We all love to be out and about in the summer sun but ensure you take care. Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day and choose softer grounds to walk on. Tarmac can get very hot in warm weather – if its too hot for hands, its too hot for paws! Make sure you take care around ponds, lakes and the sea. Discourage drinking the water as it could make your pet unwell.
Don't forget the sun cream! Your dog should have access to plenty of shade to keep cool. Just like us, pets can get sun-burnt too.
Any bald or thin-haired spots such as noses and ears should be protected with sun cream.
Your vet can give advice on suitable sun creams that are safe to use on pets.