• Pet

    Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Summer Months

    When warm weather finally appears, it can be a great time to get out and about to enjoy the sun. And if you have a pet, it’s also a great time to bond outdoors!

    Unfortunately, hot weather can cause problems for many pets. For this reason it’s important to take safety precautions when it’s hot, in order to make sure your pet is healthy and set to enjoy the warm weather.

    Be sure that your pet has plenty of cold water available to drink, no matter if it’s indoor or outside during hot weather. The sun can cause pets to become very dehydrated – and having lots of water for your pet to drink will make sure your pet remains healthy and avoids sickness.

    Making sure your pet is fully hydrated will also prevent your pet from getting heat stroke – a hot weather illness that many believe is only applicable to humans. Heat stroke in pets can often be detected if your dog or cat is panting a lot, staggering or if their tongue appears to be bright red.

    Summer weather will often draw many families to an outdoor pool or beach to cool off from the sun. It’s a good idea to let pets swim to cool down, but also keep an eye on them while in the water. Unfortunately, pets can drown when they’re too tired to swim, so be sure to watch your pet while in water.

    If you’re planning a road trip, make sure to let your pet out of the car or vehicle for a stretch during long drives. It’s also very important to remember not to leave pets in cars with the doors and windows closed – as vehicles can heat up very quickly, this can easily cause illness and sometimes even death, for many pets.

    In some rare cases, pets can be at risk of being poisoned in the warmer summer months. Though this is a rare problem, pet owners should be sure to keep pets like dogs and cats off of lawns and away from plants that have recently been fertilized. In addition, if you have a pool in the garden, be sure to keep your pets away from the cleaning materials you might use.

    While there are precautions that can be taken during warm weather to protect your pets, it may also be an idea to purchase pet …

  • Animals

    Rats and Mice – Health and Vet Care

    Rats and mice are becoming very popular pets for all the right reasons. They are easy and cheap to keep but more importantly, they have great personalities and offer warm and friendly companionship. However, it is important to keep your pet healthy and get proper advice regarding their health and care.

    Not many rats or mice get to go to the vets. They can die suddenly from strokes and heart failure. They are cheap to replace in some people’s eyes and therefore not a lot of time or money is spent on veterinary science researching their health issues. Sadly most vets don’t get much practise seeing these great pets.

    Nonetheless, ring around and choose a vet that has some experience with mice and rats. Don’t be discouraged or disappointed our local vet used to send mice and rats to my pet store because they didn’t know how to deal with them. Also ask what fees and charges you may be up for and compare these with other vets to make sure you are getting value for money.

    I had two rats that lived in my shop: Samson and Delilah. After the shop closed they were kept separate because I didn’t want them to breed and I wasn’t set up for having babies. Sadly Delilah had a stroke and she wasn’t coping in her cage. She knocked her water over all the time; couldn’t find her food bowl (I assume she’d gone blind) and generally seemed quite distressed. I didn’t know what to do so I put Samson in with her. Interestingly they never had babies but he cared for her for a few months. He took her food and groomed her intently. He made nests for her in their ‘house’ and she actually seemed to get better. It broke my heart when he died. He was over two years old and his time was up. Over a period of a week, his health deteriorated and he passed away in his sleep. Delilah only lived a few months after that herself and we buried them together. What a love story! And from two rats!

    If you are looking for specific advice there are many experienced mice and rat breeders available online. Just make sure they live in your area and can offer you advice that is relevant to your country. There are different diseases present in different countries, like …