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29th June 2011

Experts urge pet owners to take extra care this summer

This week's tragic reports of dog deaths in a heated car, comes as a reminder to pet owners around the country. While this recent extreme case appears to be an isolated incident, pet insurance specialist, Petplan, received a number of new calls from pet owners in the last 48 hours; since Monday 29th June as a result of the heat-related issues.

With more than 56% of Brits not concerned about leaving their pet alone, as revealed in the 2011 Petplan Pet Census, Petplan is providing advice on how pet owners can take precautions to ensure that a summer in the sun doesn't end in disaster.

Petplan's 2011 Vet of the Year, Alison Laurie, recommends the following tips:

  • Never leave pets unattended in cars at any time
  • Allow for plenty of cool drinking water to keep pets hydrated
  • Supervise around pools, especially if your pet isn't a strong swimmer
  • Don't leave pets at home unattended for an extended period of time
  • Keep pets indoors in extreme weather
  • Trim excessive dog hair to prevent overheating
  • Don't over-exercise pets on hot days
  • Don't spend a long time on asphalt which may burn sensitive paws
  • Avoid feeding pets human food and drinks while entertaining
  • Visit a vet for a summer check up

Allison Laurie commented: "Look out for signs of heat distress including difficulty breathing, a rise in heart rate, increased temperature, mild weakness, drooling, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and collapsing."

Carl Stephens, Communications Manager at Petplan adds: "We are always prepared for an increase in call on warmer days from our customers; either with claims or just seeking advice. As a result we are urging pet owners to take extra care to ensure the whole family, including beloved pets, has a safe summer."

*Statistic from the Petplan Pet Census, which surveyed over 10,000 respondents **Facebook statistics 2011.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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