With the early May bank holiday weather still fresh in our minds, it’s safe to say that Spring has sprung! We’re all hoping that there’ll be plenty more nice weather over the next few weeks and months, but what do our pets think of the warmer weather?
Better weather and longer days probably sees our pets getting out and about a bit more than earlier in the year. This is great for their health and wellbeing as plenty of exercise and stimulation ensure they stay healthy and happy. But there are some hazards to watch out for when it comes to the warmer weather.
Here’s a few dangers to watch out for when your pets are out and about:
There’s a long list of plants which are toxic to our pets. Most of them don’t taste very nice so it’s unusual for pets to eat them in quantities which cause problems. However, if you do find your pet is feeling unwell following a spell outside, it’s worth checking whether you have an poisonous plants which they may have come into contact with.
As surprising as it sounds, our pets often encounter problems with wild grasses which grow on verges or in fields. The seeds in this type of grass can cause serious problems for pets, particularly cats and dog. As they run through these grasses, seeds can lodge themselves in ears, eyes, mouths, noses and paws in particular.
Obvious signs of seeds in the fur might mean seeds are also caught in sensitive areas. Head shaking, ear scratching or paw licking are all possible indications of grass seed related problems. Because grass seeds can work themselves deeper into the skin, it is important to get advice as soon as you become aware of a potential issue.
Bites and stings
The warmer weather also brings out insects and others which can give our pets a nasty bite or sting. Pets can often swipe at wasps or bees or try to eat them when they’re still. Any sting is likely to prove painful for your pet, but stings in or around the mouth can be particularly problematic if swelling occurs and blocks their airways. It’s always worth getting advice in the event of a sting or a bite to ensure there are no complications.
You should also keep an eye out for adders in grassland or woodland. Adders are the only venomous snake native to the UK. They will only use their venom in defence, but that’s a real possibility if they’re trodden on or investigated by a pet. The venomous bite of an adder is potentially fatal to a dog or cat so it’s important to get veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Despite the dangers which the warmer weather can bring, by far the majority of pets will stay out of trouble. Keep an eye out for unexpected dangers, don’t forget to keep your pets hydrated in higher temperatures and enjoy all that the Spring and Summer has to offer with your pets.