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Sizzling Summer News, Share Today, Save a Life!
19 July 2016
As the temperatures rise this week it is important to keep our pets safe during this extreme weather.
Here are our heatwave hot tips, sharing is caring, please help spread the word!
Dogs Die in Hot Cars!
There have been multiple national campaigns to get this message across, yet unfortunately dogs die in hot cars every year!
You should never leave your dog alone in a car. Even on a sunny day that is not especially warm, the temperature inside a car can soar to as high as 47 degrees Celsius within 60 minutes.
Dogs do not have the ability to sweat (they pant instead), and coupled with a thick, hairy coat, this can lead to an inability to cool down sufficiently as the temperature rises, leading to ‘hyperthermia’.
Dogs can die very quickly if left in a hot car, and if you see a dog in a car on a warm day and you cannot locate the owner, you should contact the police.
Avoid Walking dogs during the heat of the day.
It is best to avoid exercising your dogs in the prime heat of the day. Dogs can overheat quickly when exercising in the sun, which causes hyperthermia and urgent veterinary attention is required!
Early morning or late evening is the best time to take them out walking, as it is much cooler. Pavement areas can also become very hot and it is possible for dogs to burn their paws if they are in contact with hot surfaces for too long.
If it is too hot for your hands to touch - it is too hot for your dog’s paws too!
Provide Shade for Rabbits and Guinea pigs.
Don’t forget that Rabbits and Guinea pigs can suffer in this heat too. Wild rabbits will seek shade in their burrows when it is too hot. Please make sure your hutches and runs are shaded. It can get extremely hot inside a hutch and if no shade is provided in a run the animals have nowhere to hide from the sun and they may die!
It is important to provide cooling areas for these pets, this can be done easily and cheaply. Provide a paving slab or large tile within the shaded area of their enclosure so they can lie on this to keep cool (this must be within a shaded area for the slab to stay cool). Another tip is to fill plastic bottles with water and freeze, once frozen they can be placed inside the enclosure to keep it cooler and the rabbits can lie against them if they wish.
If you are worried about your pet, don’t delay and contact your vet for further advice.