Be aware...... Its grass seed season! Check your dogs after walks particularly around the ears and under the armpits! Also look out for blue green algae in the lakes...
Dog Tag Reminder...
Remember for your pets safety and to keep within the law it is essential to make sure they have an identification tag on when they are out on walkies. You could be fined up to £5000 if your dog does not wear an id tag.
It is recommended that you put your name and contact details but not your pets name as this assists situations of dog theft where the thief has the correct name and the dog responds to it.
Also that your dog is micro-chipped and neutered
I am sure you have all noticed that we have had large amount of rain fall over the last couple of weeks!
Due to this the river has risen very high and is flooding over in many places along the river banks.
Just to make you aware that the river flow and currents are severe and make it a dangerous place at the moment for paddling and swimming. It would be easy for the strongest doggie swimmer to get swept away or tangled up. Dogs who are not usually swimmers are at risk of falling into the river as the places they normally go are now under water.
There are lots of things in the river – e.g. shopping trolleys and logs! - That become dislodged and float about. These may be a hazard in the water.
You will notice that the river is very muddy, murky and dirty, this makes the chance of picking up infections (especially in open wounds) greater.
If you are at all worried about your pets going in dangerous places, I advise you to keep your dogs on lead where necessary.
Recently one for the gang cut herself quite badly whilst out on walkies in our local woods. I've been up the woods to do a clear up and this is some of what I found and removed. Please keep your eyes open for hazards and pick up what ever you can to make our walking areas safer for your pets. Remember glass bottles once broken are lethal as are tin cans and various other pieces of rubbish.
Heatstroke is a serious condition which can result in the loss of your pet if you don't recogise the signs and act fast.
* Excessive panting
* Bright red tongue / gums
* Staggering and stress
* Bloody vomiting or diarrhoea
* Keep you pet in the shade
* Use a cool wet towel to wrap around your pet
* Use a fan
* Provide water
* Seek veterinary advise immediately
* NEVER leave your pet in a car, caravan, conservatory
* Walk early in the morning or late at night or not at all in the hot weather - visit shady woods and safe water to keep cool
* Provide fresh water at all times
* Encourage your pet to stay in the shade and never leave them in direct sunlight
* Groom your pets to remove excess fur and have them groomed and trimmed for the summer if necessary
* Keep vehicles cool when in transport
REMEMBER your pets can get sun burn too so apply suncream
Be aware of algae in lakes and ponds and look for warning signs in local parks. If in doubt keep your pets out of the water.
Unfortunately grass seeds are a very common problem in summer months. Check especially paws, ears and keep longer coats trimmed.
Check with your vet the best way to prevent these irritating pests and be aware of bites and stings.
Summer months often see lots more allergies with the grasses and
insects about. Seek advise from the vets about prevention and treatments.
A miserable condition which is highly contagious and un-pleasant for your pet - look out for a hacking cough, frothy mucus from the mouth, discharge from the nose and eyes, fever, lethargic behaviour and lack of appetite.
Doggies with kennel cough will need to be isolated from their friends 7-14 days after coughing has stopped as it spreads so easily through direct contact or contact with shared toys and walking areas.
It can take up to 5 - 7 days for the symptoms to appear after initial contact.
Kennel cough is not usually life threatening however it can be more dangerous to old, young or already ill dogs.
Lungworm is a potentially life-threatening worm which is spread by slugs, snails and occasionally frogs. It is becoming a more wide spread threat in the UK.
Dogs become infected if they eat infective larvae in the slugs/snails. This may not be through eating them directly but if they are attached to a bowl, toy or treat.
Symptoms of lungworm are:
- Breathing problems or coughing
- Poor blood clotting which could lead to excessive bleeding from minor wounds, nose bleeds and anaemia (pale gums and eyes) also bleeding into the eye
- Behavioural changes
- Weight loss and loss of appetite
- Vomiting and Diarrhoea
- Fits and spinal pain
Ask your vet for advice about Advocate spot on treatment.