Keep your pets safe this summer
For humans the summer season brings parties, food, beaches and hot weather, but for pets it can be a dangerous few months.
Heatwaves are a major risk for pets as they struggle to keep themselves cool in higher temperatures.
Common symptoms of heat stroke in pets include an increase in panting or difficulty breathing, thick saliva, lying down due to weakness, collapsing, increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, and changing colour in the gums.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms it is advised to spray them with cool water and keep them in a cool environment with plenty to drink.
If their symptoms continue, they should be taken straight to a vet.
Ticks and snakes are also more common in the summer, and pet owners are advised to keep an eye out for these potentially deadly creatures.
Tick prevention products are available and should be used all year round, and owners should check their animals for bumps where a tick may have bitten them.
If you find a tick on your pet it should be removed immediately with fine-tipped tweezers and be gently pulled in an upwards motion to ensure the whole tick is removed.
If the head of the tick has broken off and is still attached the toxins will continue to affect the animal, and the pet should be taken immediately to a vet.
Symptoms of a snake bite include limping, dilated pupils, paralysis, vomiting and swelling around the bite area.
If your pet gets bitten by a snake, or you suspect it has been bitten, then it should immediately be taken to a vet.
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