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Ten things your pet should avoid this summer

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Ten things your pet should avoid this summer 22/12/2016

With the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in festivities and overlook some very real pet hazards. Head of Hospital Services at Lort Smith, Dr Russell Harrison, has urged owners to be mindful of dangers that could prove fatal for their beloved animals.

“Summer time is a busy period at Lort Smith. Whilst we always need to be wary of hazards around our pets, there are increased seasonal risks which can be easily avoided. We encourage owners to be vigilant at this busy time of year.” said Dr Harrison.

The top 10 things your pet should avoid this summer are:

1.  Chocolate – can cause gastrointestinal upsets and seizures in high doses

2.  Grapes – can cause kidney damage in dogs

3.  Onions – can cause serious damage to the red blood cells and possible death in both cats and dogs

4.  Fatty foods and BBQ scraps – can cause pancreatitis, a serious and painful condition requiring intensive treatment in hospital

5.  Cooked bones - these can splinter into sharp pieces, but are also difficult to digest causing constipation and possible bowel obstruction

6.  Christmas lilies (or any lilies) – can cause acute kidney failure in cats

7.  Snail bait - never use them if you have pets; baits are toxic to the central nervous system and can result in death even with treatment

8.  Snakes bites - snakes are particularly active during the warmer months, so keep your dogs on leads near rivers, creeks and long grass

9.  Heat stroke - a very serious condition leading to damage of multiple organs. Some animals are more susceptible to heat stroke than others, particularly pets that are elderly, overweight or have a medical condition

  • Keep your pet indoors or provide adequate shade on warm days
  • Ensure there is a cool source of drinking water
  • Do not exercise animals on hot days
  • Never leave your pets unattended in cars, which can heat up in a matter of minutes  

10. Fireworks – the sound may frighten dogs and they may try to escape or run away

  • Check with your local Council to find out when fireworks are planned for your area over the Christmas and New Year period
  • Keep your pet secure or indoors
  • Close blinds or curtains to further block out noise and flashes of the fireworks
  • Keep the TV or radio on to muffle outside noise
  • Ensure your pet is microchipped in the event it does go missing.
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