At FECAVA, we prioritize the well-being of your beloved pets. As the summer season embraces Europe with rising temperatures, it becomes crucial to ensure the safety and comfort of our furry companions. In light of this, we have compiled a collection of valuable tips from a veterinary standpoint designed to guide you in safeguarding your pet’s health throughout the summer months.
- WATER & SHADE
Your pet should always have access to fresh drinking water and shade.
Know the signs of overheating and
life-threatening heat stroke in pets and react to:
• heavy panting
• excessive drooling
• dry, bright red gums
• difficult and noisy breathing
• wobbly legs, vomiting
Plan your walks early in the morning and late evening, and avoid strenuous exercise.
- HOT SURFACES
Avoid walking your dog on hot sand or pavements. They walk barefoot and can get burns on their paws.
- FOOD INDISCRETION
During summer, vets see (too)many dogs for problems related to food indiscretion. Keep your dog supervised at barbeque parties!
- SHORT FACES
Animals with short faces, like Pugs, Bulldogs, and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke. They have more difficulties in cooling themselves down.
- CLOSED VEHICLES
NEVER leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. It gets too hot too fast inside.
Animals can get sunburns too! Especially white dogs, cats, and those with short (or recently clipped) hair must be protected against the direct sun.
Consider using sun cream.
Ensure your dog and cat are protected from parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and sandflies. Many transmit vector-borne diseases.
Despite microchip, it’s a good idea to put your telephone number on your pet’s collar in case it gets lost (especially abroad).
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