With autumn well and truly on its way now it is important to remember that your pets need to be looked after too. As the nights start to draw in and the weather changes we are all more susceptible to falling ill or, in the wet weather, simply falling over and our pets are no different.
Which pets react to changes in the weather?
If you have goldfish or perhaps more exotic pets such as a reptile then the change in seasons will not have a huge impact on them. They will continue to enjoy their day-to-day lives in their climate control tanks none the wiser but for those of us with a cat or dog there are numerous possibilities that can result in a costly trip to the vet.
The average vet bill in the UK is currently over £300 with more serious conditions costing more than £4,000. Sadly if your dog gets curious and decides to swallow something it shouldn’t such as a marker pen or even a snooker ball it will cost you upwards of £1,500.
How can vet costs be managed?
With costs such as these to meet the decision to have pet insurance is not something that should be put off. Pet insurance can be taken out at different levels to suit individual budgets whether it’s just for accidents or full cover.
If a human member of our family falls ill then we are lucky enough to be able to have the NHS and not have to worry about how we’re going to pay for the treatment needed but pets aren’t that lucky. There are many insurers who offer affordable policies – More Than pet insurance is just one popular example.
How can you make your home safe for your pet over autumn?
Slippery conditions for active pets can cause no end of problems – even for a sure-footed animal who has enjoyed running and jumping freely all summer. Broken legs and slipped discs are not reserved for humans and can be just as painful for our pets. To prevent against these accidents, always walk your dog on a leash and do what you can to remove icy or slippery leaves from outside your home.
As the temperature drops the number of flu and respiratory illnesses in both cats and dogs rises sharply. Thankfully most owners do take precautions but sometimes accidents do happen and illnesses cannot be avoided. You should make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date to protect them.
When a pet is first introduced into a household it’s not long before they’re considered to be one of the family, a loved one. It can be a very upsetting time if they’re in need of medical attention, and with one in every three pets needing veterinary treatment each year the added stress of the cost involved only adds to the emotional turmoil of the whole family.