Even here in the UK, where the weather is somewhat unpredictable, the heat can prove a problem for pets in the summer months.
Many pets love sunbathing but will often choose an inappropriate spot. Avoid leaving them in a suntrap such as a conservatory, greenhouse, or tent and never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day, not even for a minute. Heat stroke kills rapidly, so make sure you know the signs:
• a rapid heart rate
• very red gums/tongue
• lack of coordination
• reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
• loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.
One of the most common problems seen in our veterinary practices is dogs, cats and rabbits suffering from dehydration or heat stroke. Ensure your pet always has plenty of fresh water available (you could even add some ice cubes too) and take water along with you when walking your dog. Just like us they will need to drink regularly to avoid dehydration in the warmer months. Always remove any uneaten food to prevent contamination from flies, or spoiling due to the hot weather.
In severe cases, heatstroke and dehydration can lead to kidney and other organ failure, which can prove fatal. In this video, we look at these issues in more detail and give you some top tips and advice on how to protect your pets, prevent accidents, and ensure they play safe in the summer sun.