Taking care of your pet through Summer

1.  Parked cars

We stress again, please do not leave your pet in a parked car, even if it is just for a short period of time.  Temperatures can go up quickly in a car and animals do not regulate their body temperatures the same as humans do which can lead to them getting organ failure and death.

2.  Exercise  on hot days
If it is very hot, even for you, with high humidity, skip the  exercise you have planned for your pet.  Your pet can dehydrate, so it is also a good idea to carry water with you. 

3.  Water
Always have safe drinking water available for your pet to keep him or her hydryted.

4.  Sun protection
Put sunscreen on your pet if he or she gets exposed to the sun a lot.  Use a sunscreen made specifically for pets as human sunscreen is not safe for pet use.  Apply to areas exposed to the sun. 

Healthy treating

Bones are a big 'no-no'.  Please do not treat your pets with bones.  Bones get stuck too often as your pet tries to swallow these. 

Snacks and treats should be healthy and should not be given so often that your pet can gain weight from his/her snack.

There are various biscuits on the market that is a good option for a treat.  It is recommended that you buy these from a veterinary practice as the vets only stock what they would see as a healthy option.

Winter wellness

Fur is great but unfortunately in extreme weather conditions, it is not always enough to keep warm and healthy.  Make sure that your pet has a dry and wind-free shelter at all times.

When it comes to clothing for winter, coats for dogs are great as long as you take the coat off when temperatures rise and don't leave your dog alone with a coat on - they can get caught in the clothes and injure themselves.  Cats usually won't tolerate clothes.

Young pets, senior- and sick pets need to be indoors in cold and wet weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

Prevention prevention prevention (for Rabies)

By law it is required to vaccinate your pet against rabies every 3 years, but it is preferable to do every year (annually) in order to prevent.

Please read the following articles about Rabies for more information;

VetDirectory

 SAVF/SAVS

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