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Looking After Your Pet in the Summer Sun

7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool

Finally the summer sun has arrived! Luckily we have been enjoying some lovely sunshine across Ireland over the last few weeks and its set to continue. So while we are out enjoying the sun spare a thought for our 4 legged friends. Here are our top 7 tips to keep your pet cool and some advice should they overheat.

Cool & Breezy: Make sure your pet has access to a shaded, breezy place if outdoors.Hydrate: Ensure your pet has access to plenty of cold, fresh, drinking water at all times. If travelling bring collapsible drinking bowls and offer cold water regularly.Siesta: Walk your dog in the mor...

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Major Accidents and Emergencies in Young Dogs

Some more serious incidents that pet owners may have to deal with and respond to are as follows;

Note: In all emergency situations phone your vet first, let them know you are on your way and get guidance as to what to do in the meantime.

Car AccidentsThis is a very common emergency and, of course, best prevented by keeping your dog on a lead and under control at all times when out of the home. Some dogs rush out the front door as soon as it is opened so get in the habit of putting your dog into a closed room before you answer the door.If your dog is hit by a car try to stay calm and approach him very slowly and quietly...

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Minor Accidents and Emergencies in Young Dogs

It is useful to know in advance the proper response to an accident, injury or acute and sudden illness in your dog and what you can do to help until veterinary attention is available.

You can make up a First Aid Kit at home so that you can easily access what you need when you need it. It could contain the following items:

Scissors, nail clippers, tweezersBandages, Sterile gauze dressings, Cotton wool, Cotton padsAntiseptic solution, Antiseptic creamArnica drops, Arnica cream, Rescue Remedy and other First Aid Homeopathic or Back remedies to reduce pain, swelling and shockIt is also useful to have a muzzle and a Buster c...

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Pet Insurance – A Transition Year Students Perspective

Jane Kelly, a Transition year student, from Castleknock Community College joined us for a week and investigated our Pet Insurance product and why you might insure your pet.

My name is Jane Kelly, I am a transition year student doing work experience here in Allianz. I stumbled upon a website called www.petsittersireland.com where I read a survey that stated that 72% of 1500 pet owners surveyed, do not have pet insurance. Reasons for this include:

  • the expense, that it is considered “a waste of money”
  • that pets apparently don't get sick
  • that owners have never thought about it

To learn more about the topic I interviewed TV3 v...

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Mourning the Sudden Death of Your Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, who is a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to cope with the sudden death of your pet.

The loss of a pet, especially when unexpected or sudden, can be a traumatic event for you and your family.

These deaths can come suddenly and terribly into our lives from road traffic accidents, poisoning, acute illnesses, etc. The first task of mourning, in these circumstances, is to realise and accept that your pet is dead, this can be very difficult. It may feel like it is too much to take in and you may want to deny that it can be true. Or you may feel very angry and want to rush to blame...

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Preparing for the Loss of a Pet

Dr. Angela Hickey, our in-house vet, and a qualified psychotherapist, discusses how to approach the death of a pet.

We each form a unique bond with our animals, caring for and sharing so many experiences with them as part of our day to day life. Our feelings of loss will also be unique, based on our particular experiences with the pet that is dying, and the nature of the bond of attachment we have formed with them.

Part 1 – Before

Anticipatory Grief

As the words of Marty Tousley state:

“It is a myth to think that dealing with the death of a pet is easier than dealing with the death of a human loved one.”

Loss of a loved c...

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