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Holiday Warning – Keeping Pets Safe
Pet Insurance Australia is urging all Australians to consider their pets this festive season.
“It’s summer time, and as people wind down to enjoy the silly season there are a few important things to consider when it comes to our pets,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says.
Well-known celebrity Veterinarian Dr Robert Zammit from Vineyard Veterinary Hospital is aware of the problems facing our pets as the weather warms.
“It’s summer, at last! So snakes and ticks are out; plus this year we have the added treat of more flies than usual as well as spiders.”
Keep lawns and grasses around your property cut short and ensure there is no build up of rubbish around your home. Minimising the amount of woodpiles around the family home will also reduce the risk of snakes. It is also advised to put your animal on a reliable tick prevention, particularly if you are live in, or intend a visiting, a known tick area.
“Spiders (including Funnel Webs and Red Backs) won’t kill your pet but they can cause acute allergic reaction – have a drug on hand that can help so talk to your veterinarian; this precaution could save you an after-hours consultation fee,” Dr Zammit suggests.
Pet Insurance Australia is also quick to remind about the dangers facing our pets during celebrations, particularly regarding food and alcohol.
“It only takes a little to cause a massive problem,” Nadia Crighton from PIA says. “It’s really important people consider if their pets will be safe during celebrations, and to advise their guests to keep their drinks and food away from the family pet.”
Dr Zammit agrees that prevention is better than a cure when it comes to pets indulging during the festive season.
“When you are entertaining ensure no one feeds your pet – a very common problem is pancreatitis that could kill your pet; pancreatitis can be a result of feeding a fatty meal.”
If you do suspect your pet has ingested something it is important to seek veterinary treatment immediately.
“It’s also that time of year to ensure gates are kept shut and that pets are secure.” Crighton advises.
Pet Insurance Australia also notices an increase in ear problems and skin conditions around this time of year.
“If your pet’s skin or ear issues are concerning you, a quick trip to the vet can help ease your concerns. Also remember to rinse your dog well after spending time down the beach and never spray water into your dogs ears.”
“Skin problems are always a summer issue,” Dr Zammit says. “Add extra evening primrose oil to the diet – it doesn’t fix but it helps. Chronic or very inflamed areas you need to talk to your veterinarian but sorbelene can help lots.”
Taking some simple precautions can ensure your family, including your pets, have a wonderful festive season full of fun and celebration.
“Now is the time of year we all love to come together and celebrate family and friends,” Crighton says. “Some simple steps will ensure your pets’ safety and your own peace of mind.”
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