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Don’t let your pet get stressed in the heat

Don’t let your pet get stressed in the heat

The warmer weather is here and it’s time for days at the beach and ice cream in the sun. With the warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress for your pets.

Heat stress or heat exhaustion is a common condition seen in Australia. It is more common in dogs as they have very few sweat glands for heat loss and are generally more active than cats.

Signs of heat stress:

excessive panting
drooling
extreme lethargy
staggering
weakness and collapse
seizures
Heat stress can kill your pet. All pets are at risk but brachycephalic dogs with a short nose (such as pugs and bulldogs), overweight pets, pets with heart or respiratory problems or those with thick, furry coats are at greater risk.

So what’s the best way to avoid heat stress?

Never leave your pet in the car as the temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows partially open is not acceptable
Make sure shade and cool water is available ALL DAY. On extremely hot days, your pet may need to be kept inside.
Never exercise your pet on a warm day – stick to the cool of the morning or evening (or skip exercise all together.)
Some pets will need to have their heavy coat shaved to provide some relief from the heat.
If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress you should seek veterinary attention immediately as heat stroke is an emergency.

If you are ever worried about your pet you should call us for advice, we are always here to help.

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