As we all know, gets a number of heat waves every summer that make life uncomfortable for both pets and people.
It’s extremely important to take measures to protect both dogs and cats from the dangers of high temperatures. Neither dogs or cats sweat to cool themselves off–they pant, getting rid of the excess heat through their respiratory tract. Short-nosed breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Lhasas, Frenchies and Shih Tzus, and Persian and Himalayan cats are particularly at risk, as their respiratory tracts are somewhat compromised, so they can’t cool down well.
Protect your pet from the heat:
- Never, ever leave a child or animal in a parked car, even for a minute, not even in the shade, not even with the windows open. Interior temperatures can become fatal astonishingly quickly.
- Keep you pet indoors in air-coniditioning as much as possible.
- Make sure your pet has access to lots of clean water at all times, even when you’re out walking.
- If you can’t persuade them to come in, make sure your outdoor cat has a bowl of water and access to shade.
- Walk your dog in the early morning and evening when the temperatures are coolest, and try and stick to the shade.
- Don’t encourage your dog to overheat by throwing a ball or frisbee.
- Some breeds of dogs benefit from being shaved. Contact us to see if this is appropriate for your dog.
- Consider letting your dog paddle in a wading pool. The water in the pool should be cool, not cold. Cold water can cause the blood vessels to constrict and keep excess body heat in the core.
If you think your pet may have become overheated seek immediate veterinary attention. Signs to look for are excessive panting, lethargy, and in extreme cases, coma or seizures.
While you are seeking veterinary help, try and lower your pets core temperature. Place cool, wet towels around their groin, ear tips, armpits and mouth and nose. Again, the water should be COOL NOT COLD. Cold water can cause the blood vessels to constrict which keeps the excess heat in the core.