Summer weather

WITH THE onset of warmer summer weather, it is worth remembering that our pets tolerate the heat less well than ourselves.

Dogs

Despite appearances,pets tolerate heat less well than us.

In terms of walks, it is generally a good idea to exercise dogs in the early morning and evening, when the weather is cooler.

This is particularly true for older dogs, and for dogs with heart or respiratory problems.

Regarding cars - never leave a dog in a car on a hot day. The temperature in a car (even with a window open) can quickly soar to extreme levels, resulting in heat-stroke and death.

Cats

Moving on to cats - if your cat likes sunbathing and has white ears - beware sunburn. Repeated episodes of sunburn may lead to localised skin cancer of the tips of the ears - as in this picture.

This can be prevented either by keeping white eared cats out of the sun, or by applying total sun block cream to the ears during the summer months.

A pet sun screen can be ordered. Please ask if your pet needs this.

If your cat has white ears and you would like them checked, please contact us to arrange a suitable time.

NEVER LEAVE A DOG OR ANY OTHER PET IN A CAR ON A HOT DAY