Summers are carefree, hot and filled with outdoor activities but not all things that arrive with summer are positive. There are some things that come out once the mercury starts to rise and it’s not all bikinis and sunscreen.
Every summer there is a raft of things that present themselves which can harm your pet. Most of them are totally preventable and armed with the right information, you can make sure your beloved pet doesn’t fall victim to any of these. Making sure you know of the dangers is the first step. Taking the right precautions to ensure the safety of your furry family member is the next step, so let’s take a look at some of the things you need to look out for during summer and what you can do about preventing these from happening to your family fur face (or feather faces or scaly skins!).
Ticks are one of the biggest problems we see in the summer months as this is when these little critters are the most active. Combine this with the fact that more people tend to walk in the warmer months and bushwalks and wooded areas are frequented more often, it’s a perfect storm for these unloved and unwanted parasites to attach themselves to your pets (and sometimes their owners!).
There are several different types of ticks in Australia but the really nasty one that can take your pet from happy floofer to very, very sick pupper or meowsie is the paralysis tick. These little nasties affect the nervous system of your pet and once paralysis occurs, pets are likely to die within a few hours if not treated.
What are some of the signs of paralysis tick bites in pets?
Paralysis ticks are found pretty much up and down the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. They frequent bushy areas or anywhere where there is long grass or bushlands. They can be found in backyards and parks in the summer months so it’s always a good idea to check your pet over (this is easier if you keep their fur short in the warmer months) if you’ve been walking in areas where there is long grass or bushlands.
How can I prevent ticks from biting my pets?
One of the best ways to prevent ticks from attaching themselves to your pets in the first place is to use a preventative tick treatment so your pet is always safeguarded against paralysis ticks.
If you’re going to remove a tick from your pet, it’s really important to do it properly as squeezing the tick can cause it to inject more toxin into your Chew Barka or Cat Damon. It’s worth watching a few Youtube Videos on how to remove ticks before having a go yourself.
All the advice we’ve found is that you should not use normal tweezers on ticks as these don’t allow you to get as close to the head of the tick as is necessary to remove it without injecting more toxin into your pet.
It’s a good idea to get yourself a Tick Twister and have it on hand so you can easily remove ticks any time of the year quickly and easily.
One of the things we learn growing up in Australia is that pretty much everything wants to kill you. If it isn’t the ocean, it’s flood waters. If it’s not the sun, it’s the spiders and something we’ve all learnt to be careful of is snakes. Dogs, unfortunately, don’t usually know this lesson and will bark and bark, typically provoking the snake which can cause it to strike multiple times (cats tend to leave snakes alone).
There isn’t really any way to prevent snakes from getting into your yard or from coming across them on your walks but you can always look out for signs or symptoms your dog has bailed one up or might have been bitten.
Signs your dog might have cornered a snake:-
Signs your dog may have been bitten by a snake:-
If you think your dog or pet has been bitten by a snake, take it to a vet straight away. Do not wait as it’s better to pay a consult fee to find out your pet is fine than to leave it until it’s too late.
We all know that Australian summers can be brutal. As kids we’ve all felt the sting of the car seatbelt buckle and had to do the bitumen quickstep to cross the road if we didn’t have our thongs on. Believe it or not, our little Droolies Ceasers and Catsy Clines are also affected by the heat – sometimes more than us. Cats and dogs regulate their heat differently to humans and unfortunately, they can’t tell us with words if there’s something wrong or they’re not feeling well because of the heat. It’s super important to realise that if you’re hot or thirsty, there’s a very good chance your pet is as well so be kind to your four-legged friends and keep them cool and hydrated.
This might sound simple enough but it’s worth noting that a bowl of water in the sun will quickly heat up and can turn green in a matter of days. The other thing to keep in mind is if your pet knocks over the bowl, they could potentially be without water for an entire day (or until you get home).
One of the easiest ways to make sure your pet always has clean, fresh water available is to use an automatic water bowl. These nifty little devices will ensure your pet always has a water source available as they attach with a simple hose mechanism and can be screwed to a wall (stops Wolfie Goldberg from knocking over the bowl).
What are the signs of overheating and dehydration in cats and dogs?
Funnily enough, the signs for both heatstroke and dehydration for cats and dogs are very similar. If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms it’s possible they’re a hot dog or parched pussy:-
The great thing about cooling down your Catherine Zeta Bones or Pawdry Hepburn is there are loads of different ways you can try out and some of them are great fun!
IMPORTANT NOTE - Please don’t ever leave your dog inside a car during summer. DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS!
As humans, we’re lucky. We can peel off layers of clothing if we get too hot. Cats and dogs aren’t able to do this. Some breeds will shed winter fur, but that will still leave them with a fur coat in the middle of an Australian summer. If your Chairman Meow or Mary Puppins is a little on the floofy side, make sure to give them some grooming love.
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We aren’t talking about your drunk uncle tripping over the dog or your clumsy sister stepping on your pupper’s tootsies. There are lots of food items at a BBQ or family gathering that pets (mainly dogs) shouldn’t eat. Here’s a list:-
Living in Australia we all know what it’s like when bushfire and flood season comes around. Make sure you include your furry family member in your evacuation plan. There is a good chance that they’re going to have a pretty good opportunity if they fend for themselves (depending on the type of pet they are and where they’re kept) but if they’re inside at night or chained up in the backyard, make sure you keep this in mind if you need to leave your home because of a natural disaster.
So that’s our ultimate list of things that can affect your pets in summer. Did we miss any? If you have some tips or hints, feel free to contact us and we can add them to this post or put them up on social media so other pet owners can benefit from your knowledge.