What are some things pet owners should be more concerned about during the summer months?

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What are some things pet owners should be more concerned about during the summer months?
在夏天裡,主人有什麼需要特別注意的事項?

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

夏天的到來會為寵物帶來一連串的危機和影響,甚至會致命。急症獸醫常見的有︰(1)動物遇到各樣大大小小的野生動物和捕食者,如蛇、蚊、虱、蜜蜂和其他會飛的昆蟲等,並被牠們咬;(2)過熱或中暑──在短時間內導致脫水,使動物有生命危險,甚至死亡。所以帶動物外出時千萬不要忘記帶飲用水,或把牠們留在車內無人看管;(3)於熾熱的地面如行人路,甚或熱沙、熱石堆上溜狗──容易使狗隻的腳灼傷;(4)水引致燙傷和遇溺──動物或會跳進泳池降溫,但出不來以致遇溺;放置在陽光下的水管中的水,熱度能燙傷狗隻;(5)厚重骯髒的毛髮──這並不理想,要確保毛髮是乾淨和梳理好的,剃掉毛髮時亦要多加留意,因為毛髮能防止曬傷,所以不要剃掉太多;(6)燒烤──我們這個愉悅活動能為狗隻帶來很多問題──牠們會在場覓食導致過飽,或吃了高脂肪的食物如雪糕,導致腸胃不適;或吃了能卡在身體內部的骨頭和粟米,或有核的水果導致哽噎或腸道有異物,或肉串、牙籤等有機會刺穿腸胃等重要的軟組織部位,引致死亡。

 

DR. PAULINE SAYS With summer comes a bunch of hazards that can affect or kill our pets. Commonly seen by our ER vets include (1) animals coming across and getting bitten by an abundance of wildlife in the form of creatures great and small including predators-snakes, mosquitoes, ticks, bees and other flying insects;  (2) overheating/heatstroke can quickly lead to dehydration and a life threatening situation or even death. Never go anywhere with your pet without carrying drinking water and never leave your pet unattended in your car (3) walking your pet on hot surfaces like pavements or even hot sand/rocks-it is very easy to cause burns to their feet (4) water/burns and drowning–in swimming pools where animals can jump/fall in to cool off and drown because they cannot get out; or water in hose pipes that have been lying in the sun. The water in the pipes is hot and can burn your dog   (5) a thick manky fur coat–this is not advisable so ensure it’s clean and well-groomed and take care if you cut it off. Do not remove too much as the coat also helps prevent sunburn to the skin. (6) BBQs-these fun things for us can cause many problems in your dog–scavenging and eating too much, or too fatty foods like ice creams causing an upset gastro intestinal system, eating hazard foods like cooked meat bones and sweetcorn that can get stuck in parts of the body, stone fruits that can lead to choking or gut foreign bodies, and meat skewers or toothpicks that can kill if they pierce vital soft areas especially in the intestine. 

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