During a heatwave, pets suffer just as much as humans. Use these tips to help your pets beat the heat, and prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
- Ensure ready access to cool, fresh water.
- Take walks at dawn or dusk.
- Don’t allow your pet to exercise excessively.
- Brush your pets regularly or have their hair shaved. Don’t shave the hair too short, as this puts them at risk of sunburn while outdoors.
- Limit time spent on tar roads as temperatures can be very hot!
- Never leave your pet in your car, no matter what the season.
What to do if you suspect your pet has overheated
- Spend no more than five minutes wetting your pet with cool water using a hose, bucket or even your bathtub.
- Don’t delay – contact your closest vet to let them know you’re on your way.
- If driving, ensure good airflow by opening the windows – but make sure your pet can’t jump out of the windows.
Know the signs of heat stroke
Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to, or physical exertion in, high temperatures
Look out for the following indicators of heat stroke:
- Confusion – anxious or dazed expression
- Warm to touch
- Collapsing, stumbling or falling down
- Increased heart rate
- Lying down and reluctance or refusal to get up
- Dogs will stick their tongues out and salivate; they may also whine
- Brick-red gums
- Heavy panting
Here’s an infographic on how much water your pet needs to drink everyday: