Protect your dog and pets from heatstroke
During hot weather our pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke. Dogs in particular can be affected by heat, it only takes minutes and the results are often sadly catastrophic.
It’s important to take steps to prevent heatstroke, to recognise symptoms and to access immediate veterinary care if you are worried.
Here, Wicstun Vets offers you advice and guidance on this seasonal danger.
Follow these simple steps to help prevent heatstroke in your pet:
- Never leave animals in an enclosed space such as a car, even ventilation like an open window won’t prevent heatstroke
- When outdoors, ensure that shade is available at all times
- Make sure that plenty of fresh water is readily available
- Don’t exercise pets during the hottest part of the day, aim for early or late, cooler times
- Don’t walk pets on warm/ hot tarmac
- Big and small dogs are at risk for different reasons; all dogs are susceptible to heatstroke
- If your pet routinely wears a muzzle ensure that it is a ‘basket’ type, which allows panting and drinking whilst in use
Recognise the signs of heatstroke
An animal suffering from heatstroke is likely to display some of the following signs:
- Excessive panting
- High respiration rate (very quick breaths)
- Signs of distress – agitation, restlessness
- Strange colour to their gums and inside of mouth
- Collapse – unable to move
Treating heatstroke in dogs and pets
The first thing you must do is ring your veterinary practice for further instruction. This is an emergency phone call and it must be made as soon as possible. Upon the guidance and recommendation of a veterinary surgeon, you will need to take further action.
- Do not immerse your pet in cold water.
- Apply a cold compress to areas of bare skin such as the armpit and groin.
- Offer your pet a small amount of water but do not force them to drink or swallow.
- Seek medical assistance as soon as possible
Wicstun Vets emergency service is available for advice and treatment, 24 hours a day. Call 01430 873219 for help.