At Petplan, we see a distinct rise in claims during the summer months for claims related to heat, sea and sand related conditions. Fortunately, many of these conditions are easily preventable with a little forward planning.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) June 21, 2011
Summer is upon us, and with it comes the promise of many relaxing weekends at the beach. Just like us, our pets love cool ocean breezes, going for a swim and playing in the sand. However, Petplan, America’s top rated pet insurance company, reminds pet parents that such “fun in the sun” can be accompanied by unexpected dangers for pets, and taking just a few precautions can help ensure that pets remain safe.
“Lots of pets love being on the beach with their owners over the summer. Being aware of potential beach-related problems before they crop up is the easiest way to make sure your seaside vacation doesn’t hit any sandbars,” says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “At Petplan, we see a distinct rise in claims during the summer months for claims related to heat, sea and sand related conditions. Fortunately, many of these conditions are easily preventable with a little forward planning.“
Petplan encourages pet parents to be vigilant and watchful over their pets this summer and offers the following pet health tips for pet parents to consider when heading to the beach with Fido:
- Sand: We know sand gets everywhere, but pet parents might not be aware that sometimes it gets into curious pets stomachs! Keep an eye on your beach-combers and be careful they’re not eating mouthfuls of sand which could cause an intestinal blockage. If you suspect your pet has consumed a lot of sand, watch out for warning signs like vomiting, straining to defecate and heavy panting as they are all signs of an intestinal blockage that requires immediate medical attention.
- Swimming: Many pets love a nice splash in the ocean, but it is a misconception that all dogs can doggy-paddle and stay afloat. Certain dog breeds, especially those with broad chests and short legs like Bulldogs, Corgis and Pugs, are not built for swimming. It is important to never leave a swimming dog unattended as they can get tired or swept under by strong tides and undercurrents.
- Sun: Long summer days spent lounging in the sun can lead to sunburn even in pets. Pets with short, white coats, light-colored skin and sparse tummy fur like Dalmatians, Bull Terriers and Greyhounds are at the greatest risk. To keep pets protected, apply SPF 40-45 sunscreen to the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skin surrounding the lips and any other areas where skin is more exposed.
For more information about pet safety at the beach or to learn about pet health insurance and how it can protect your family’s favorite companion, please visit http://www.gopetplan.com.
As America's top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, through one or more licensed insurers, offers customizable policies to meet any coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. The policies offered by Petplan cover all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet – without dollar limits per condition. For information, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.