Overheating and heat stress can be a killer so here are some tips to help your dog have a happy and healthy summer.
- Panting excessively
- Increase in heart rate
- Reddened/purple gums
- Vomiting and Diarrhoea
- Seizures progressing to coma and even death.
As soon as possible move your pet to a cooler spot, keep them as quiet and calm as possible. Use wet cool towels to gradually lower the temperature and use a fan if possible. Contact your vet as soon as possible as serious complications may result.
- Exercise your dog early morning/late evening to avoid the midday sun.
- Ensure access to shade in the garden you could even supply a paddling pool!
- Have fresh cool water available, put ice -cubes in the water if taking some out with you.
- Be extra careful with either very young or old, overweight or longhaired animals. Some breeds are more likely to suffer including short-nosed breeds such as boxers and pugs etc.
- NEVER leave your pet in a parked car even on overcast days the temperature can increase dramatically.
- Clip longhaired breeds.
- Use a fan in the rooms where you pet likes to settle.