Written by Tauranga clinic Vet Nurse Lily

Coming into summer the weather is much warmer, and there are some things we need to know to keep our pets enjoying the summertime like ourselves.

You always need to provide shade and water anytime your pet is outside making sure they have protection from the sun and plenty of fresh cold water. Best thing for shade is a tree or using a Tarpaulin as they do not obstruct air flow.

Never Leave your pet in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels, causing organ damage, and even death, it is better to leave your pet at home or in a cool safe area if you know you will have to leave them in the car at any time.

Limit exercise on hot days as footpaths and roads can get very hot and burn your pet’s paws, if you can’t hold your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds it is too hot to be walking your pet. Exercise in the morning or evening hours are the best as that is the coolest time to the day.

BBQ’s are nice in summer but the left overs we pass to our pets can have a lot of damage, it is best  not to share your BBQ food with your pets as your fatty leftovers and scraps can cause pancreatitis, which may lead to severe abdominal pain or death.

Water safety is a big one in summer when we want to take our pets to the beach or rivers nearby, we always need to watch out for riptides and currents just like we would as humans. Keeping a lifejacket in a bright colour is the best way to know your pet is safe when entering the water.

Watch out for grass seeds, making sure you are doing a full check over your pet after being out and about especially if they have been in long grass. Foxtail grasses can embed in eyes, ears, noses, paws and skin and often require surgical removal.

Always consult your vet or nurse if you have any questions on how to look after your furry friend this summer.