By the sea, in the mountains, or in the countryside: this summer, you are bringing your pets along on your vacation. There is only one way to avoid trouble or serious health issues: anticipation!
Animal health: the essentials
Just like you do for yourself or your kids, prepare a first aid kit for your pet. Even though there might be a pharmacy at your holiday location: some veterinarian products are difficult to transport to the store, you might as well have them with you!
If your pet has a chronic condition, take its medication with you, in sufficient quantities. You can never be too careful! Of course, make sure you also have the prescription with you.
– An alcohol-free sanitizer, compresses, bandage and pet band-aids.
– An anti-flea treatment: do one before you leave, and another one during your vacation, especially if your pet goes swimming.
– A tick remover.
– Physiologic serum: don’t skimp on quantities, it can be used for many things! Eye and ear hygiene, cleaning small wounds…
If you’re a homeopathy enthusiast, know that it can also be useful for pets. Ask a specialized vet before you leave: it will make wonders in relieving the stress induced by leaving their familiar home, treating car sickness, etc.
Pets on vacation: be cautious with the sun!
Just like us humans, pets are sensitive to high temperatures. Stay-at-home animals like cats or rodents can be even more critically concerned; they can suffer from the heat without even being exposed to the sun… Beware of dehydration! Provide your pet with several water sources in your house. If your cat is willing to eat it, give it wet food instead of dry kibbles; jelly products will bring a supplementary source of hydration. In any case, if you notice that your pet is down or plaintive, you should react. For instance, by dipping your rodent’s legs in fresh water.
The problem is even harder to tackle when your dog likes following you around everywhere: if it has white and/or thin hair (boxer, Weimaraner, dalmatians, etc.), it can suffer from sunburns, just like humans. Try not to expose it to direct sunlight, and use high UV index sunscreen (at least 30) when you don’t have a choice. Don’t forget the nose and ears. Be especially cautious with their belly: UV rays reflect on sand, concrete, and bright surfaces… This part of the animal body is directly exposed!
Finally, beware of long hot days at the beach: make sure you bring enough water with you. Prevent your pet from drinking seawater: it could lead to severe dehydration. Keep an eye on it at all times; get a GPS tracker and set up a smaller security zone (this way, you won’t lose it!).
Animals and bug bites
It is the other classic holiday bother, for humans as well as pets! Among domesticated animals, it seems that dogs are frequent victims of insect bites: they are less careful, more playful and often try to mess around or swallow the insect flying around them; it can be risky!
What is the reaction if your pet gets bitten?
Mosquitoes: if you notice that your dog scratches and licks itself frenetically; do a full examination: you will most likely find a mosquito bite. Don’t ignore it: the scratching can lead to an infection, animals can have an allergic reaction to the bite (swelling, breathing difficulties, etc.), and Leishmaniasis is also a risk. This parasitic disease can be very serious. There are maps that show the risk level of each region in France (it is particularly active in the South of France). Use specific anti-parasites, take your dog inside when the sun sets, and vaccinate it if you feel the need.
Wasps/bees/hornets: just like for us, these bites are painful at first, but can lead to serious consequences it they are numerous or when they are placed around the animal’s head, in the throat area. Even worse, if your dog swallows the bug! To avoid any incident, carry a venom aspirator with you. Put ice on the bite to relieve the pain and stop venom diffusion. And observe your dog: if it looks down, shaky, if it starts vomiting, call a vet right away. If you saw your animal swallow an insect, go straight to the emergency room. A bite doesn’t have to be a big deal if it is treated early enough!
Our pets have the same holiday concerns as we do: they have to look out for heat and insects.
Help them by trying not to expose them to the former, and to protect them from the latter with the right products and sustained attention. Secure their stay with GPS trackers and you’ll have a great vacation!Animals: our advices to take care of their health when you are on holidays. Click To Tweet