You’re probably aware of many of the dangers your pet faces during the summer months, but here are four health hazards you may not have considered.
- Bee stings – Not all bee stings cause anaphylactic shock, but some animals can be affected in the same way as humans. It’s a potentially serious health issue, and you should look out for vomiting and diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, and general unsteadiness.
- Snake bites – Although adders are the only venomous snake in the UK, their presence can be a problem for dogs in the summer. Snake bites may cause swelling of the airways, organ failure and shock, as well as considerable inflammation at the injury site.
- Slug bait – Some slug pellets contain a poisonous substance called metaldehyde, which can quickly cause serious health problems for pets if ingested. Signs of poisoning include vomiting, seizures, tremors, and fits, and it’s crucial to seek help from a vet as a matter of urgency.
- Poisonous plants and flowers – There are many common plants and flowers that present a serious summer health hazard for your pet. Lilies are particularly poisonous to cats, and even the pollen can cause kidney failure. Other poisonous flowers and plants include foxgloves and lily of the valley, which can both cause heart arrhythmias in animals.
It’s vital to seek emergency help from your vet if your pet has been exposed to any of these hazards – speed is of the essence, and could ultimately save their lives.
By Ann Haldon