Just like children, animals should not be left in the car unattended on warm days as it does not take long for them to be unable to regulate their temperature which can lead to shock and their body to shut down. If you pet remains outside whilst you are away from the home, they should have access to two sources of water in case one is tipped over, and of course, shelter from the sun.
It is a misconception that dogs must be exercised on a daily basis. If the weather is extremely hot, then for the comfort of our loved ones it may be wise to forgo the walk or at least wait until it has cooled down. This is particularly a good idea for the long coated breeds as well as those that are prone to breathing issues such as the pug, boxer and Pekinese. Imagine going for a walk or run on a hot day with your winter coat on!!!
Animals that have prolonged or repeated seizures can also fall victim to heatstroke as they are unable to regulate their temperature.
Some of the signs that our furry friends are suffering from Heatstroke are:
- Nausea, diarrhea
- Excessive persistent panting
- High temperature
- Brick red gums
- Muscle tremors
- Heart rate over 120 beats per minute
This topic is covered in the Doggy and Moggy First Aid for Pets Course. For more information please contact us.
Have an pawsome day,
Stephanie, Poppy and Rosie
*Thanks to Bordervet Goondawindi for the image