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Telephone 01980 621999

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Elston Veterinary Clinic
Elston Lane
Shrewton
Wiltshire
SP3 4HL

 

Elston Vets Reception

Monday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12.30pm

Appointment Times

Mon - Wed: 9 - 12 noon & 2 - 7 pm
Thurs - Fri:  9 - 12 noon & 2 - 6 pm
Saturday:  9.30am - 12 noon

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14 Summer poisons and pet dangers every owner should know

Summer is nearly upon us, and whilst our thoughts often turn to holidays, days out and BBQ's the change in season can present a few hazards to our furry friends, so it's important to be vigilant. But... pet dangers are lurking everywhere... Our top 14 pet dangers to...

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Summer skin and coat

Pale-coloured dogs are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Sunlight can also make existing skin conditions worse, particularly if your dog has allergies.

The best prevention is to keep your dog indoors when the sun is strongest, between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Alternatively, pop a T-shirt on your dog and cover vulnerable areas to protect them. You can also apply a non-toxic waterproof human sunblock or one specifically made for pets. If your dog’s skin looks sore, crusty or scaly, call us.

Take care of your dog’s delicate paws. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paw pads too.

Grooming your dog is important in the summer months, especially for longhaired breeds, to get rid of matts and tangles. A tangle-free coat will protect your pet’s delicate skin and help to keep them cool. Plus, if your pet’s coat is dirty and matted then you run the risk of flies laying their eggs and becoming maggots. Some breeds may need their coats trimming to keep them comfortable. Ask us or a professional groomer for advice.

If your dog swims or paddles in the sea to keep cool, remember to rinse the salt water and sand from your dog’s coat after to avoid drying out and irritating their skin.
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Exercising in the summer

As at all times of the year, by law your dog should be wearing a collar and tag with your name and address on it. It’s also a good idea to put both your home and mobile phone number on the tag so you can be contacted immediately if your dog wanders off.

Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped. Most importantly, keep the details up to date so that you can always be reunited with your dog.

Walking

Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day, either first thing in the morning or early evening.

Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.

If it’s too hot for the usual long walk, keep your dog mentally stimulated by doing some brain games instead. Refresh their basic training with some sits and stays, or teach them new tricks.

Swimming

Swimming is excellent exercise for dogs and a great exercise alternative to walking in the summer heat. But remember that not all dogs like to swim, so if yours doesn’t then don’t force them and never throw a dog into water.

Be wary of tides at the beach.

Drinking salt water is likely to make your dog sick and isn’t very good for them. Bring fresh water with you to the beach.

Wash salt and sand off your dog’s coat after swimming to prevent it drying and irritating their skin.

Be careful to avoid heatstroke on the beach.

Watch out for currents in rivers.

Check freshwater lakes, rivers, ponds and canals to make sure they are clean before letting your dog dive in. Some types of algae, including blue-green algae, are toxic to dogs. If your dog swims in algae-contaminated water, contact us immediately.

Dogs can and do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact us, as they can suffer complications.

We wish you all a safe and fun summer.
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Elston Vets treat pets in the following local towns: Shrewton, Larkhill, Tilshead, Amesbury, Durrington, Bulford Camp, Codford and Netheravon

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