Since the heatwave that’s currently gripping the UK began, vets have been warning of the dangers that the hot weather presents to our pets. From keeping them cool on walks, to keeping the temperature down at home, there’s a variety of advice out there to help us keep our furry friends comfortable.
Whilst the heat is causing outright exhaustion, it’s also bringing about a range of health issues for our pets that we often don’t hear about but can be particularly severe. As we lather ourselves in SPF 30, we don’t consider that our pets need the same kind of care – but they do!
Thirteen year old cat Tiara had to have both ears amputated after being stricken with suspected skin cancer, with vets warning of a widespread threat for all UK pets.
Feline charity Cats Protection have warned of the dangers of sunburn, particularly for cats with white coats or pale ears and noses.
After contracting suspected skin cancer, Tiara had to have both ears amputated, and is one of several animals who have recently been taken to charities with similar issues.
Speaking of the need to protect our pets from the sun, Cats Protection spokesperson Louise Waters said:
“Not everyone realises that cats can develop skin cancer from too much sun exposure and certain pale cats, like Tiara, are more at risk.
Over time, the damage caused can increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma which is a skin cancer that occurs when the skin becomes damaged from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The best way to protect your cat is by keeping him or her indoors during the hottest part of the day, particularly during the summer months.
We understand that’s not always easy so it’s also a good idea for cat owners ask their vet to recommend a suitable sunscreen.”
We cant stress enough the importance of owners being mindful of their pet’s wellbeing during the hot weather. Vets are stressing the importance of not leaving pets in cars that can overheat at rapid speeds, with the charities receiving hundreds of calls at the beginning of summer alone. Those who who expose their pets to such danger could face hefty consequences.
It’s vital that all pet owners are conscious of their animal’s health, particularly if they have outdoor cats. We advise owners to check their pet’s skin and, if they see or feel anything unusual, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
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