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Panting dog

It’s just been so HOT this summer! And it’s not just us humans that are being affected, our pets are feeling the heat too.

Here are 10 great tips for keeping your pets cool this summer: (in no particular order)

1. Clip long haired dogs and cats fur shorter

2. Create a shaded area, not just a tree, but even a shade cloth under a tree.

3. Give them a kiddie-pool to cool off in

4. Put water in an ice-cream container, throw in a few treats and freeze, then give it to your dog the next day as a frozen treat.

5. Always provide fresh water in a shaded area, and throw some ice cubes in there when you are home.

6. Special beds or vests with cooling gel can be purchased for dogs or cats

7. Instead of a hot walk, take them for a swim or play in the sprinklers, or have a  water fight with the hose.

8. Go for walks in the early morning or evening, and bring cold water in a bottle for drink breaks. Don’t forget that your dog can get scorched paw pads on the hot concerete during the heat of day!

9. Put sunscreen on their noses/ears, especially animals with white fur and pink skin

10. Never leave them in a car unattended during summer time.

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Have a Warm Winter

Christchurch has become awfully chilly over the last couple of weeks! Here is Muffin having the best snooze ever next to the fireplace. She is so happy, last winter she was in a cracked and freezing house in Bexley, pressing her nose to the oil heater, and this year she has a warm home with a fireplace and heatpump. Purrrrr….

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This afternoon 3 young women came in with a cat wrapped in a blanket. They told us they had accidentally run it over with their car.

So, what happens at a vet clinic when someone brings in a cat/dog that’s been injured and there is no name tag or microchip for us to find the owner?

Firstly we dealt with the comfort of the cat. Assessed it’s pain. It’s a young female cat, she can’t walk and looks like it may have a broken pelvis. So we gave her pain relief and a tiny bit of sedative.  Then, we called the SPCA. The SPCA agreed to fund us some money to treat the cat with fluids (for shock and dehydration), pain relief, and vet assessment. So, we are going to keep her comfortable overnight and hope that her owners ring around the vet clinics and look for her. Otherwise, we might call other vet clinics around Christchurch tomorrow and see if anyone has reported a young female tabby missing. In cases like this, you can see why it is so useful to just microchip your pets.

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But here are some cute pics of pets all dressed up for Halloween… Did you dress your pet?

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