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As the summer gets into full swing, here's some summer safety tips...

posted 21 Mar 2017, 12:35 by Victoria L


  • Cats

    Originating from the desert, cats are generally very comfortable in the heat and can often be found stretched out sunbathing in the summer months.


    Cats (like dogs and rabbits) have sweat glands in their feet so if you notice wet pawprints it’s sweating. Make sure that they always have fresh drinking water and access to a cool environment should they need it.


    Cats generally sleep about 16 hours a day but will nap more on hot days.


    Play with your cat during the cooler hours in the summer months.

  • Dogs

    Dogs are generally sensible in the heat, but they can easily overheat when playing games and running so be very careful when playing games or exercising them.  


    To be safe, it is best to walk your dog during the cooler morning and evening hours in the summer months 


    Beware of heatstroke and dehydration. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, vomiting & collapse – if you are at all concerned then please contact your vet straight away. 


    Never leave your dog in the car, because even with the windows cracked it might only take a matter of minutes for the temperature inside to soar to fatal levels.

  • Rabbits

    Hygiene is very important in the summer months as flies and maggots cause flystrike which is often fatal. Check your rabbit’s bottom 2 or 3 times a day in the summer months to ensure they are clean & dry and infestation free.  


    If you need to take your rabbit out in the summer months never leave your rabbit in the car because hot cars can be fatal for pets. 

    Move you rabbit’s hutch to a shady spot or move it indoors to a room with air conditioning or a cooling fan.

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