TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR PET
SAFE DURING RISING TEMPERATURES
July, and, as we’re well into summer, temperatures are on
the rise! So, while you’re busy inhaling the aroma of the
family barbeque and making the frenzied dash to smother the
kids with sun block; we’d urge you to please take a moment
to remember the four legged members of your family, i.e.
Fido and Kitty. Let me put this simply…Animals CANNOT
tolerate extreme temperatures! Therefore, as a
responsible pet owner you must make absolutely sure that
when the sun does make an appearance, and as that sun/hot
weather can pose a real threat to your pets, we’d like to
remind animal lovers of their duty to keep their four legged
you read on, please note: All of the information I am
providing is done so as a guideline and as a source of
education only. It is in no way intended to be used, nor
should it ever be used, as a substitute for professional
veterinary and/or animal training/behavioural advice. If
you have any concerns regarding your animal's health or
behaviour, please contact your local veterinarian, who is an
expert, without delay.
some bullet points and tips; I hope they prove useful:
ever, leave your dog/cat in a car!!! Pet owners should know
the dangers of leaving any animal in a hot car; even for
just a few minutes. This particularly applies to dogs who
love to travel in cars and, even if it’s tempting to let
them go to the supermarket with you, we’d urge you to never
leave your loyal pet locked inside your vehicle, even with
the windows open.
Temperatures don’t have to be in the 90’s for a car-bound
dog to be in serious trouble. Even at much lower
temperatures, even under a cloudless sky, the humidity
inside the car turns it into a sauna. Research has shown
that if it’s a sunny 78 degrees, the temperature in a car,
with the windows open, rises at least 32 degrees in 30
minutes. In short, 78 to 110 in half an hour!
Temperatures in air conditioned cars can reach the same
temperature as it is outside within just five minutes of the
device being turned off. This means, on a hot day, it takes
only a matter of minutes for a dog to end up organ
must take your dog out in the car, make sure you have
him/her well strapped in. Purchase a car safety harness for
your dog. This is for your safety as much as his! They’re
available in any good pet shop. Cats should always be held
in pet carriers when travelling in the car.
jolt in traffic can have a very sad result for an unsecured
pet. If you’re forced to brake suddenly, an unsecured animal
can be thrown forward, hitting you in the back of the head
or neck, causing painful injuries to both you and your pet.
the car window is open while driving; enough to give your
animal plenty of ventilation. Again…Don't leave your dog in
the car if you need to leave your vehicle.
dog pants quickly, looks very tired or collapses, he/she
could be suffering from heatstroke. Contact a veterinary
surgeon immediately for further advice as heatstroke can
prove fatal. In the event you are unable to seek
professional advice/treatment, (which I stress is an urgent
requirement), put your dog in a cool, shady spot and spray
his/her body with cool water, or give him a cool (not cold)
bath immediately. Never cool your dog so much that he/she
begins to shiver. Let your dog drink small amounts of cool
responsible; leave your dog at home. Place his/her
bed/kennel in a shaded area and he/she will automatically go
to it when he/she needs rest from the hot sun.
plenty of water, and leave it in the shaded area. Check
water bowls regularly to make sure there’s plenty of fresh
exert your dog during hot weather. When walking your dog,
remember there are areas and times during the day where
temperatures soar. It makes sense to walk your dog in the
early morning or late evening, when temperatures are lower
and the hot concrete won’t burn sensitive paws.
walking, always take along water for yourself and for your
dog. Stop frequently to allow both of you to have a
refreshing drink. Many domestic animals do not sweat to keep
cool. Dogs have no sweat glands and can only lose heat by
panting. Make sure they always have plenty of water to help
them to keep cool. Tip: Temperatures are at their highest
during mid-day and three o’clock, so avoid these times.
pet groomed: This is very important during hot weather. If
your pet has long hair then that’s akin to you wearing a fur
coat in 90 degrees of heat! Regular brushing helps remove
the winter undercoat and helps your pet to regulate his/her
sunscreen to pets with white tipped ears and noses. Tip:
Children’s sunscreen, Factor 50+ is particularly good.
Make sure your pet receives regular flea preventative
treatment. Use a veterinary purchased brand. And… keep that
first aid kit close by in case of bee and wasp stings.
Safety: If your dog likes the water, he’ll/she’ll
instinctively want to swim during the hot weather so put a
life jacket on him/her.
even the healthiest of pets will suffer in extreme
temperatures, so please take the above precautions, and
again, for professional advice, contact your local
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