Sunshine fun … Pets feel the heat!

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Sunshine fun … Pets feel the heat!

holiday dog on a bike basket and his yellow sweet duck

By Crossroads Veterinary Centre

The weather has been lovely and warm and getting warmer each week. Now that the lockdown message has changed and we can go out more often and travel further afield again, many people will be taking their dogs out with them. Long sunny days, warm evenings and everyone wants to be out in the sun as much as possible. Our pets enjoy it too – but let us not forget the impact of the sun on our furry friends!

 

Some summertime pet hints

Walk wisely – Try to walk your dog at the cooler times of day, either early morning or early evening rather than in the midday sun.

 

Paws for thought – If the pavement is too hot for you to touch or stand bare foot, it is too hot for their feet to walk on. Where possible walk your dog on the grass.

 

Water water everywhere – Always ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean and topped up water. Try to take an extra bottle with you when out on those long dog walks.

 

Never leave your pet in the car! Cars can reach oven like temperatures inside, even in relatively mild temperatures outside. Leaving a window open or parking in ‘the shade’ will not create enough airflow to cool your pet, so even a few minutes can be dangerous.

 

Use Sun cream – Pets can burn just like us, particularly on the tips of their ears, noses, bellies or any areas that aren’t well covered by fur. White cats/dogs in particular are at risk of burning and getting skin cancer.

 

Please don’t forget your small furries!

Move hutches out of direct sunlight and with enough air circulation. Replenish water frequently and ensure water bottles and bowls are kept cool by adding ice cubes to the water. You can also freeze a two-litre bottle of water and wrap it in a towel so they have something cool to rest against.

What are the signs of Heat stroke?

·      Excessive panting

·      Difficulty breathing

·      Drooling or vomiting

·      Incoordination, staggering, collapse

·      Diarrhoea

·      Seizures

 

If your pet is showing any signs of heat stroke, take your pet inside, offer them water, wet towels with cool water and apply to their skin (do not submerge them). CONTACT YOUR VETERINARY PRACTICE IMMEDIATELY. Heat stroke can progress quickly and be fatal to your pet if Immediate attention not be sought.

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