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19/07/2006

Pet owners need to take care of their animals through this summer’s heat wave, insurers have warned.

With temperatures in Britain set to reach 37C in some parts of the UK, MORE TH>N has advised pet owners to make sure their pets don’t suffer in the heat.

MORE TH>N warned pet owners that while they lounged in the sun, their pets could suffer a multitude of complications and injuries, which could be costly to treat. For example, heatstroke costs on average £275, an insect sting £60, sunburn £270, and an allergy could cost £160. In a worst case scenario it also warned that skin cancer could cost £350 to treat.

The insurer told pet owners to try and avoid these fees by making sure their animals were protected from the sun. It said white-coated pets, such as cats with white ears or noses, should be given a ‘total block’ human sun lotion several times a day. And it told pet owners never to leave pets in cars during the summer.

Mel Everest, pet product manager at MORE TH>N, said: “While we are all enjoying the sun we should spare a thought for our furry friends who need special care to ensure they don’t suffer from the heat. Exercise dogs in the early morning or evening to avoid the hottest time of day, and provide lots of water to cool your pet down in the heat.”

To protect against the costs of treating pets affected by the sun, MORE TH>N said pet owners could take out its pet insurance, which starts at around £6.99 a month for cats and £7.99 a month for dogs.

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