Spring and summer are great times of the year, writes Simon Caple.
Plant life is growing fantastically well. Our back gardens may almost feel consumed by the speed at which the lawn grows, not to mention the weeds.
Wild animals and birds are busy rearing their young and we all too often get well-meaning members of the public bringing in what they think are abandoned or orphaned animals to our various surgeries. Although well intentioned, often these young animals have not been abandoned and their parents are still around looking after them.
We know it is hard and people mean well, but often leaving wild animals alone gives them a better chance of survival, as being picked up and transported to a surgery is very stressful for them.
Please see the advice from the RSPCA: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/wildlife/orphanedanimals
Another problem that we often see at this time of the year are is adder bites.
Most commonly dogs get bitten on the face or feet as they charge through the undergrowth and inadvertently disturb these shy animals.
Adder bites can cause significant swelling and pain and can be fatal, so if you suspect that an adder has bitten your dog, phone your local surgery as soon as possible for advice.
Hopefully we will all enjoy some sunny and warm, maybe even some hot, weather but please remember don’t leave your pets in your car or vehicle.
The temperature rapidly rises inside a stationary vehicle and every year we see someone’s beloved pet rushed in as an emergency having been left in a car and suffering from heat stroke that can all too often be fatal.
We should also try and exercise our pets during the cooler hours of the day, as too much running around with a big hairy coat on can cause heat stroke too and it is an emergency I’d prefer not to have to treat if possible!
So here’s to a great British summer and don’t forget the sun cream!