Top Tips for Healthy Pets this Summer!

Now that summer is here pet owners will no doubt be taking their dogs for walks more frequently, while cats will want to spend as much time as possible out in the sunshine. Exposure to other animals and the environment can increase the likelihood of your pet coming into contact with harmful infectious agents. The following precautions should be taken all year round, but we advise that pet owners pay extra attention during the summer months:

Ensure vaccinations are up to date

Vaccinating your pet is essential to prevent several serious diseases of dogs and cats. Annual boosters are also important to maintain this protection. Since most owners walk their dog more often in the summertime, your dog is much more likely to come into contact with other dogs that may be carrying disease. If you are going on holidays and intend to put your dog into kennels then you must ensure that your pet’s vaccinations, including kennel cough, are up to date.

Treat for worms regularly

Worms are parasites that live inside your pet. Since infected pets often appear healthy on the outside, many owners will not suspect that their pet has a worm infection until it is severe and symptoms begin to show. Some worms can pass from animals to humans, and young children are most at risk. While most human infections result in only minor symptoms, rare cases can lead to blindness, skin infections and epilepsy. We recommend treating your pet for worms at least every 3 months and only use products recommended by City Vet. Get your pet’s worm treatment from City Vet and avail of our FREE worming text reminder service!

Watch out for lungworm

Lungworm is a parasite that infects dogs and can cause serious illness or even death if left untreated. Dogs that eat slugs and snails are the most at risk, but any dog could accidentally ingest these garden pests by eating grass or from toys or bowls left in the garden. Treating your pet for worms every 3 months will not prevent lungworm infection. However, once it is diagnosed the infection can be easily treated with a spot-on solution which your vet can prescribe. If you are worried about lungworm infection in your dog you should contact your vet.

Treat for fleas, ticks and mites

Fleas are parasites that can infest dogs, cats and people. Most dogs do not itch too much as a result of flea infestation, but many become allergic to flea saliva and develop Flea Bite Sensitivity. This is more prevalent in the summer, especially during August – September. Affected animals scratch, lick, bite or chew at their skin. In some cases the irritation is so intense that the animal can severely damage itself. Fleas also ingest tapeworm eggs, which are found in the faeces of infected animals. These eggs then develop inside the flea and are often passed on to dogs and cats if swallowed while licking or chewing at their coat. Use a preventative treatment as directed every 1 or 2 months, depending on the brand. Use only treatments recommended by City Vet and always read the instructions.

Remember these precautions should be followed all year round. Do not hesitate to contact City Vet on 061-419760 if you have any concerns about your pet.