Summer, the warmest season of the year, associated with the sun, the beach and holidays, is, in general, a time to relax and enjoy with our pets. However, not everything can be rosy since this time of year could bring complications to animals. That is why we bring you this post, so you can know the most common diseases of pets in summer and know what to do to present some of these problems.
Gastrointestinal or stomach diseases in pets
It is very important to monitor what we feed our pets in the summer. Humans get carried away and consume fast food containing saturated and chemical fats; These foods can be harmful to our pets, so it is important to know that we can only feed the foods recommended by veterinarians and according to the needs of each organism, so that an inadequate diet will not bring future complications.
A stomach condition manifests with diarrhea and vomiting; also, changes of mood and energy can be observed in our pets, as well as, in some cases, complaints or small shrieks.
The main thing is to remove any type of food to the pet for a few hours, as this could lead to complications. It is important to give plenty of water to keep it hydrated and to dissipate all toxic elements. If the vomiting or diarrhea continues after 12 hours, it will be necessary to go directly to the veterinarian’s office.
Otitis in pets
Another of the most common diseases of pets in summer is otitis, due mainly to high temperatures and to which we tend to bathe animals more frequently. If we go on vacation with them, they will probably be in contact with the water because in summer we usually visit rivers and spas. Bathing them continuously causes them to get liquid in their ears, which makes them more prone to these inflammations.
The most common symptom of otitis in the pet is the abundant segregation of wax in his ear, accompanied by bad odor. Also, we can see that he scratches his ears desperately.
The diagnosis is made through a culture of faeces, since by the bacteria that occur in them it is possible to determine the type of otitis. It is very important that the veterinarian make the diagnosis since the most appropriate treatment will depend on the type of otitis or the type of bacteria that our pet has acquired.
Diseases in the skin of our pets
The variation of food, temperature and habitat, can trigger diseases in the skin of pets in summer. There are allergies that can be acquired by contact with substances such as pollen, especially in this hot season because, due to heat, the skin is more delicate.
In these cases, we will observe that our pet scratches more than usual. Also, we may notice redness in the skin, appearance of small welts and hair loss.
Because allergies can appear by different factors, it is essential to take the pet to the veterinarian, in order to know the reason that caused the allergy and apply an appropriate treatment.