Top tips for looking after your pets during the hot Summer months
26th June 2014
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Top tips for looking after your pets during the hot Summer months


With the Summer months upon us – and it looks like being a warm one this year – Kydd & Kydd, a long-established Veterinary Health Centre in Wimbledon, have put together an easy-to-follow guide of the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’  with your pets to ensure their continued health and safety.

  1. NEVER EVER leave your pet in a car on a hot day. Cars act as ovens and even in mild temperatures dogs in cars can quickly overheat.
  2. Make sure fresh clean water is always available to all pets. You may even need to take some on walks and avoid exercise in the heat of the day particularly with elderly overweight dogs with heart problems; stick to early mornings and evenings.
  3. Cats are natural sunbathers, but cats with white noses and ear tips are particularly vulnerable to sun burn and subsequent skin cancer. This risk can be reduced by keeping them out of the sun, or by applying Pet Sunscreen (available from Kydd & Kydd) to these areas during the summer months.
  4. Watch out for grass seeds (awns) of the meadow grasses. They often become trapped in dogs’ ears causing violent head shaking, or may become embedded in between the toes or other areas.
  5. Rabbits: If you haven't had your rabbit vaccinated against myxomatosis and VHD yet, act now! These usually fatal illnesses can easily strike in the summer months.
  6. Fly strike - during the summer months, rabbit rear ends should be checked daily for fly eggs and maggots. Please contact your local vets at once if you are concerned.
  7. If your pet is going into kennels this summer, don’t forget to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations, including Kennel Cough.
  8. Remember to keep treating your pets regularly for fleas, ticks and worms


And one last thing… Are you going away on holiday this Summer?

If you are leaving your property empty and you have a cat flap fitted, please make sure that you have either locked it securely or set it on two way traffic otherwise you may find yourself with an uninvited guest when you return home. Stressful for you and for your guest!!

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