Summer Healthcare for Pets

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Summer Healthcare Tips for Pets

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For many of us, the summer months can bring a feeling of good health - with longer daylight hours, and (hopefully!) drier and sunnier weather, summer can make us feel better!

But there are also many ailments which can affect our animals as a result of the change in weather and conditions.

Sweet-itch, fly strike, laminitis, sunburn, heat stroke, pollen allergies, and many other ailments are more of a risk for your animal particularly during the summer.

Even if your animal is in a good state of general health, it is important to remain alert to the different health challenges that summer can bring.

A Couple of Animal Ailments Common in Summer



Sweet Itch - An allergic reaction, sweet itch is specifically caused by hypersensitivity to the bite of the Culicoides midge, and also occasionally to an insect from the blackfly family - Simulium Equinum.

Every equine is different - some will experience sweet itch more severely than another, and some will respond to a treatment more quickly and more effectively than how another horse, pony or donkey will.

There are a variety of complementary therapies that can be used to help manage sweet itch - find out more here

Hayfever - Allergic reactions to hay, grass and tree pollen (amongst others!) are very common in the summer months. They can cause itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, tiredness and a feeling of being unwell. Many animals can experience pollen allergies, which can cause a deterioration in performance for those horses, dogs and other animals who attend shows.

Boosting the immune system can help the body in fighting the allergens, and there are several holistic approaches which can help to do this, such as Bowen Therapy.

There are also several natural supplements that can help - our favourite here is "Bee Pollen". Although Aloe Vera, Echinacea, Vitamin C, and many others have been found by people (and animals!) to be useful. Your Vet will be able to advise if any supplements maybe helpful for your animal.

Summer Health/Wellbeing Tips



There are many ways which you can help your animal to maintain his/her good health during the summer, including consideration of:

  • Exercise

Ride your horse or walk your dog (or other animal you exercise!), earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening, to help avoid the worst of the daytime heat.

Consider where you're exercising too - tarmac can get extremely hot under foot for your dog, and so is best avoided when it's very warm and sunny.

If it's possible to find somewhere with a bit of breeze or shade, when exercising your animal, your animal will probably be very pleased on a hot, sunny day!

  • Transport

Plan your animal's journey - if it's possible, don't transport your animal in the car (or horsebox for a horse) in the middle of the day (12-3pm) when it's likely to be hotter. Make sure fresh water is easily available for your animal to prevent dehydration, and that the vehicle is as well-ventilated as possible (without being draughty). Don't leave your animal in a parked vehicle when the weather is warm, the vehicle will get even hotter than the outside temperature, and could prove fatal.

If your animal finds warm weather causes greater anxiety when travelling, then homeopathy such as Cocculus can help with travel sickness.

  • Fly Protection

Your horse, pony or donkey can wear a fly mask or fly fringe to help protect against flies irritating his/her face.

Garlic is thought to help repel flies, and can be added to your horses feed on a daily basis (usually in powder, granules or as a liquid).

  • Laminitis

This can cause extreme pain and discomfort for horses, ponies and donkeys. Careful management can often help to avoid laminitic attacks.

Find out more on how a holistic approach can help in managing laminitis here at Taranet's advice page.

Is your animal experiencing a summer related ailment?



As with any ailment or injury, always get your veterinary surgeon to examine and diagnose. Symptoms can be similar for many illnesses, so it's important to know what you are treating - and only your Vet can decide on this.

Many vets will now suggest complementary treatments alongside conventional medicine. If you would like help locating a vet or therapist near you who uses complementary therapies in his/her practice, then please email info@taranet.co.uk, as we maybe able to help.

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