Keeping your pets safe in the hot weather

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It is so important in this hot weather that you are keeping your pets safe and doing everything you can to keep them cool.

Heat stroke kills dogs and every year vets are inundated with with hundreds of cases. Many owners are bringing their dogs out for walks in the heat of the day causing damage to their loved pets. Never leave your dog in the car, even with the window open.

Keeping pets safe in hot weather

So when is a suitable time of day to go out for a walk?

12-15 °C – no evidence of heatstroke
16-19 °C – for the most part it should be ok, just keep an eye out
20-23 °C – dogs are at risk of heat stroke in if they have underlying issues
24-27 °C – great caution should be taken as dogs will find this temperature uncomfortable
28-31 °C – dangerous for all dogs and life threatening for larger breeds, flat faced dogs and puppies
32 + °C – extremely dangerous for all

What can you do to keep them cool?

  • Give them plenty of water
  • Add some cubes to water bowl
  • Set up mini pool for them to cool off in
  • Set up a spot for them in the shade on a damp towel
  • Use ice packs or freeze a hot water bottle
  • Leave them in the house if the pavement is too hot for their paws

Some signs of heatstroke

  • Heaving panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid pulse
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If you think your dog has heatstroke act fast and contact your vet immediately. For more information check out the ISPCA.

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