Keeping your pets safe in warmer weather

2015-06-09 | Food & Nutrition

The warm summer months can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for our beloved pets. Prevention is key to avoid any visits to your veterinary practice.

Never leave your pets in a parked car

Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the temperature is too high, they are then unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will rise which can cause a serious problem.

Limit exercise on hot days

Be mindful that you will need to adjust exercise on warmer days, which you can limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Always carry fresh water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Don't rely on a fan

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

Provide ample shade and water

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Trees are an ideal source of shade as it does not block any flow of wind or fresh air.

Watch for signs of Heat Stroke

Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, over-weight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of cat or dog will have more of a difficult time trying to cool down, especially those with short noses or a long thick coat.

How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke

Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian. Isotonic can be used to rapidly rehydrate and will replace essential salts and minerals lost through dehydration.

Isotonic

 We always recommend to keep Isotonic in your cupboards, car, when travelling etc. If you have an active dog who is used for working or show based events, Isotonic will prove invaluable to your pet, even on days that are not warm. Isotonic is a rapid rehydration for pets and will replace any essential salts and minerals that have been lost through dehydration. Available in 100gm and 500gm.