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After a very dry April and an unusually wet May for the season, June was not really “on fire”, but we did have some hot days. So here are some timely reminders of what we should do to protect our pets when the weather is hot. .

Dogs in Cars – We received several calls last week from members of the public concerned about dogs being left in vehicles.

Even when a vehicle is parked in the shade, with the windows open and a blanket over the windshield, the temperature inside is likely to cause discomfort to the dog, or worse – it can cause a stroke. heat and death.

When exercising with your dog, try to avoid the hottest hours of the day and do not play with him outside when temperatures are high.

Many dogs simply don’t know when to stop and will continue to play with a ball despite overheating.

And the problem is exacerbated if the dog is exercising on concrete or tarmac because these surfaces retain heat.

A dip in a paddling pool will help keep your dog cool, but please never use ice or ice water to reduce his temperature – the shock could be fatal.

Cats are generally less energetic in hot weather and are adept at finding shady places to rest.

However, those with white noses and ears are at risk of sunburn in these areas, so they should apply a high-factor sunscreen that is safe for pets.

If you are a rabbit owner, be extra vigilant at this time and check your pet’s coat at least twice a day, especially at its rear end (below the tail, which may be hidden from view).

Flystrike is a huge problem during the summer months – flies are drawn to wet, dirty areas to lay their eggs which quickly hatch into maggots (literally – overnight).

There are licensed products that can be applied to a rabbit’s fur to prevent the attraction of flies, but proper husbandry and hygiene will minimize the problem.

And what about wildlife?

Sick hedgehogs have been brought to us over the past few days with a variety of issues including tick infestations.

Ticks know no boundaries and will readily attach themselves to any mammal or bird. So check your pets regularly.

Ticks can kill smaller animals or at least severely compromise their host’s immune system.

A few of the hedgehogs we saw last week were dehydrated. So don’t forget to place shallow bowls of fresh water in your yard for pigs and other visiting creatures to drink.

And on the subject of visitors, we recently received several calls about carrier pigeons resting in people’s gardens.

We believe they all relate to a race that started in Scotland and the birds are returning home to Ireland.

If the bird is not injured, we recommend that you always give it fresh water and seeds, or crushed cornflakes, and allow it to make a “pit stop” for a few days.

The rejuvenated bird will then continue on its return journey.

An unfortunate carrier pigeon was brought to us last week after having an “encounter” with a cat, but the injury to his wing was only superficial and after a few days of rest he was released on the west coast.

We were able to contact the owner of the bird in Ireland directly because his phone number was on the bird’s paw ring, and he will let us know when the bird gets home safely.

Sometimes homing pigeons only have codes on their rings, in which case if you are concerned about the bird you will need to contact the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (https://www.rpra.org/stray-reporting/ ) and seek their help.

He can also be reached on 01452 713529.

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