Isn’t it great to have this beautiful warm weather? Certainly makes everyone feel just that bit better.
However with the warm weather comes potential danger for our beloved pets. Your pet can become overheated very quickly during this weather so it is important to ensure some simple steps are taken to avoid this.
Warm weather tips:
- Firstly remember that the sun moves throughout the day so if your pet is to be left for a long period of time then this needs to be considered when planning shade etc.
- Your pet must always be able to freely move to a cooler/shaded space if they become hot.
- Never leave pet alone in cars, glass conservatories or caravans even if it’s cloudy. These areas can quickly overheat.
- Pets can get sunburned – particularly those with light-coloured noses/fur on their ears. We stock a great range of Pet friendly sun screen spray and wipes which are specifically appropriate for pet use.
- Always provide good supplies of drinking water, in a weighted bowl that can’t be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days.
- Groom your pet regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds of dog a haircut at the start of summer.
- Never allow dogs to exercise excessively in hot weather.
If your pet does become over heated they could suffer heatstroke, this is when they are unable to successfully reduce their body temperature.
Early warning signs of heatstroke are:
- heavy panting
- profuse salivation
- rapid pulse
- very red gums/tongue
- lack of coordination
- reluctance/inability to rise after collapsing
- loss of consciousness.
Some dogs are more prone than others:
- dogs with short snouts
- fatter/stockier dogs
- long-haired breeds
- old/young dogs
- dogs with certain diseases/on certain medication
What to do if you discover your pet has overheated:
- Move them immediately to a shaded/cooler area
- Their bodies need to be cooled down, a good way to do this is to either use cool wet towels/ water hose/spray, but ensure that the water is not too cold so as to avoid shock.
- Contact a Veterinary Surgeon and explain the situation.
- Use a fan if one is available to cool the air around your pet.
- Allow your pet to drink small amounts of cool (again not cold) water, little and often to avoid causing vomiting.
- Continue to cool your pet slowly but ensure they do not begin to shiver.