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Hot dogs are just for barbeques...

Summer is finally here (for the time being) and despite the benefits of a dose of sunshine, we often fail to realise how dangerous hot weather can be for dogs. Here are some tips to avoid heatstroke in your dog - a condition which can prove fatal and which is easily avoided at the same time.

Your dog should always be able to move into a well-ventilated, cooler environment if he or she is feeling too hot. If you have to leave your dog outdoors, make sure there is a shaded area available for them to retreat to if they feel too hot.

It is not advisable to leave your dog in the car when going out, even for a short while. The inside of a car can reach unbearable temperatures which may compromise the health of your animal and even lead to dehydration and potentially death through heatstroke in a short period of time.

Make sure your dog has a fresh supply of drinking water at all times in a bowl that cannot be knocked over - it's a good idea to carry some water with you when out with your dog on hot days as well.

Never leave your dog in a glass conservatory during the day - cloudy days may turn hotter and temperatures can reach life threatening levels very quickly. This is also true for outbuildings and caravans.

Grooming your dog to get rid of excess hair will help with heat regulation - especially in long coated breeds. Grooming at the start of the summer is especially advisable and perhaps later in the season as well.

Exercising your dog in hot weather can be very demanding especially in older animals. Walking early in the morning or later on at night during hot weather is more appropriate, especially with respect to brachycephalic (short nosed dogs, such as pugs, boxers, bulldogs etc).

Feel free to call us or pop into the surgery if you have any further questions about helping your dog this summer.

The Tenderpaws Team

tick removal

Attention all pet owners - Tick season is in full effect!

It's that time of the year again... Just when you thought protecting your animal against fleas, mites and lice was sufficient, we have yet another creature to contend with. I'm sure many cat and dog owners will have heard of ticks and some will have had to remove them or seek veterinary advice for that "grey thing stuck to my animals skin", however it is important that animal owners understand the potential risks associated with these critter (see below).

We have already seen a steady increase in tick associated problems this year compared to last year. Ticks season usually begins in spring reaching its peak in summer however they will still be active throughout autumn and sometimes the winter season too. They are most commonly found in areas of long grass and woodland and can pose a potentially serious health threat to your animal.

Ticks survive by sucking blood from your animal. This also allows the transmission of disease, such as Lyme's Disease and may also lead to anaemia in extreme cases.

Therefore, it's important that pet owners are vigilant by examining their animal regularly and should routinely treat their animals with Advantix Spot-on or Seresto collars, manufactured by Bayer - especially during peak season and in high risk areas.

If you find a tick and are unsure how to remove it or have any questions about the treatments available, please feel free to call or pop into the Tenderpaws surgery and speak to one of our staff who will advise you.

Tick and Flea treatments for Dogs Parasite treatments for dogs and cats
dont give dogs chocolate

Easter pet awareness

Here at Tenderpaws we're all looking forward to Easter! But pet owners need to be aware of the dangers that the festivities can pose for our beloved canine friends. Although we may be tempted to let our dogs join in the fun with a little taste of Easter egg, chocolate is actually toxic to dogs, so it's important to keep the Easter eggs well away from our little doggy friends.

Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate as it contains more Theobromine, a compound which causes damage to the liver if ingested in large amounts.

In addition, we may enjoy tucking in to a lovely warm hot cross bun or slice of simnel cake over the weekend, but raisins, sultanas and currants are also poisonous to dogs, so have some special doggy treats on hand if your pooch is tempted to have a Good Friday snack!
If the worst does happen however, we are on hand all weekend to help out! Our Easter opening hours are:

Good Friday CLOSED please call the emergency vet 020 8650 2003

Easter Saturday 9am-1pm

Easter Sunday CLOSED please call the emergency vet 020 8650 2003

Easter Monday 10am-12noon