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Hot Weather Alert - advise for pets

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend - I hope this is ok to post ( from a local vet nurse)

It is going to be extremely hot over the next few days my advice is not to walk your dogs 🐶 in this heat at any time.

Keep cats in cool place and make sure that all garages and shed are clear before locking up at night.

Small furriers make sure they are in cool and aired room with shade. Be careful of conservatory as they get hot very quickly.

Here is some signs and tip to do if you notice any sign of heat storke ☀️

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include:

Panting

Drooling and foaming at the mouth

Bright red gums

Shaking

Weakness and collapse

Confusion

Vomiting and diarrhoea (sometimes containing blood)

Seizures

Death

It’s important to act fast if you notice your dog developing symptoms of heatstroke.

Keep them calm and still

Take them indoors or into a shady area

Give them a drink of cold water (not ice, or icy water)

Contact your vet

Make sure they have plenty of air flowing around them

Put them on top of a wet towel

Using cool (not icy) water* to slowly wet the top of their head, feet, ears and fur

Once they seem a bit cooler, you can start to pour cool water over their body (be careful they don’t inhale any)

If possible, continue cooling your dog on the way to your vet

*Never use ice or very cold water – this can cause shock.

Treatment

Your vet will examine your dog and try to reduce their temperature by carefully using fans, cool water, and a fluid drip if necessary. Your dog may also need medication if they start fitting because of heatstroke. Your dog will be monitored very closely until they have recovered, and may require blood tests if your vet is concerned about their vital organs.

Your dog will then be sent home for monitoring once they are stable, but you will need to keep a close eye on them for 24-48 hours and let your vet know if they deteriorate or develop any symptoms such as confusion, refusing food, vomiting, or diarrhoea.

Preventing heatstroke in dogs

Dog drinking water from a water bottle in summer

It’s vitally important to protect your dog from heatstroke, especially if they are flat-faced, overweight, or have a thick coat. There are some simple things that you can do to reduce the chance of a problem, such as:

Avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day; instead, take them out in the morning or evening when it is cooler. Avoid exercise completely on warm days if they are unfit, elderly, young, overweight, unwell, or have breathing difficulties.

Make sure your dog always has access to shade and water, especially if you are sitting in a sunny area with them. It’s a good idea to take a travel bottle and bowl with you on walks.

Use a harness instead of a collar, especially if your dog is brachycephalic (flat-faced). Collars can put pressure on the neck and make it difficult for a dog to breathe and cool down.

Never walk your dog on a surface that is too warm for you to place your hand on it comfortably for 7 seconds. Sand, artificial grass and tarmac get especially hot.

Never leave your dog in a hot car on a warm day, not even for a few minutes or with the window open. Cars get hot very quickly, which can be fatal for a dog left trapped inside.

Avoid travelling with your dog in a car when it’s hot. If travel is absolutely necessary, make sure they have access to drinking water, plenty of shade, and air flowing around them. Cooling mats can be useful when travelling on warm days.

Keep your dog a healthy weight; overweight dogs find it more difficult to cool themselves down.

Consider having your dog clipped in the warmer months if they have a heavy coat.

Heatstroke in brachycephalic dogs

Dog’s noses play a very important part in keeping them cool by releasing excess body heat into the air they breathe out. Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs struggle to release heat this way because of the drastically reduced space they have inside their nose. This puts flat-faced dogs at a very high risk of heatstroke, even on cool days, and especially during exercise and on hot days. Dogs most affected include the Pug, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Dogue de Bordeaux, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier. English Bulldogs are 14 times more likely to develop heatstroke than Labradors, and Pugs are 6 times more likely!

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Thanks henderslh, I would like to add that if anyone witnesses a dog in distress, maybe in a car or a pup out with kids, to act. Suggest shade water etc .

I don't know the UK law regarding dogs locked in cars, here in Italy 1)call the local police, 2)take a screen shot of the local temp, 3)see if the car is unlocked 1st ,if it's locked break a small window ,open the door and get the dog out and administer 1st aid. Hopefully it never comes to this :)

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henderslh2kg in reply to TheTabbyCat

That’s the same for the UK , take photos & call 999.

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Maxy63kg in reply to henderslh

In the USA, every state has their own laws. However, I will do anything that needs doing and they can arrest me. Better than a dead animal.

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henderslh2kg in reply to Maxy6

Exactly my thoughts xx

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Pollyw7lbs

Thank you! Great advice.

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Caroline62Ambassador

Thank you for this henderslh. 😊

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henderslh2kg in reply to Caroline62

I thought I’d share it just in case it helped someone.

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Imustdothis1st 7lbs

Hello henderslh, thank you so much for your advice, our pets mean the world to us and we need to keep them safe and sound. Take care xx

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henderslh2kg in reply to Imustdothis

Thank you . My cats are sulking as I have told them they are staying indoors .

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Imustdothis1st 7lbs in reply to henderslh

Hello henderslh, do they talk to you, oh when they do it's wonderful. Scottie, my beautiful boy, is with me at the moment in the bedroom with the curtains closed. We have water outside so that the birds and little animals can have a drink, we all need water. Xx

Scottie in the shade in the bedroom
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henderslh2kg in reply to Imustdothis

Brilliant xx

Thanks for putting that up henderslh people who are new pet owners dont always know what the correct thing is to do with their new family members. We heard of a woman who walked her dog in the heat and its poor paws were badly burnt from the ground. I do the hand thing all the time when its hot and Missi now knows how hot it is with her bottom:D

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henderslh2kg in reply to jennilou

Your welcome, I just hope that everyone’s pets are ok .

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