Pets and hot weather
Dogs and cats suffer in the hot weather just as we do. Heatstroke can cause serious illness extremely quickly.
These days most people are very aware of the dangers of leaving animals in cars on hot days. Leaving water or the windows open won't protect a pet from heatstroke, and a dog can die in under ten minutes from overheating in a car. Unventilated rooms with lots of windows can also pose a serious danger to your dog or cat.
Pet care in hot weather
- Walk dogs early in the morning or in the evening when it's cooler
- Don't encourage pets to run around in the heat
- Make sure there is always plenty of fresh, cool drinking water available
- Sprinklers and paddling pools are great for dogs as well as children on hot days
- Don't trim long hair too short or your pet may be exposed to sunburn
- Wet your cat's ears and paws with cold water to cool them down
Symptoms of heatstroke
- Slow movement
- Difficulties breathing
- Staggering or falling over
What to do
If you suspect your dog or cat has overheated, immediately move them to a cool place and try to bring down their temperature. If possible place them in front of a fan and cover them with wet cloths.
Heatstroke can be extremely serious so call your vet right away if your pet doesn't show immediate signs of improvement.