Heat stress in pets

Keeping our pets cool and comfortable during the summer months in South East Queensland can be challenging. With soaring temperatures and humidity, pets can rapidly succumb to heat stroke and dehydration. Older pets, overweight pets, the very young and breeds with shorter noses (brachycephalic), such as Persians and Pugs, are most susceptible to overheating. Thankfully there are plenty of ways we can ensure our pets stay cool and comfortable.

Always provide shade for your outdoor pets, preferably a well ventilated area that will allow for air movement. A kennel may provide shade but it will retain heat like an oven.

Hydration is key! Provide your outdoor pets with multiple water containers. Place containers in shaded, breezy areas that pets can easily access. Ice blocks can be added to help keep the water temperature down.

Limit exercising with your dog on very hot days and adjust the intensity of exercise depending on the temperature. Always carry cool water for your dog during exercise.  Dogs are generally so eager to please us, they don’t know when to stop. This means they can quickly become overheated.

NEVER leave pets unattended in parked cars during warmer weather, even with the windows down! Temperatures inside cars can reach 47°C in 60 minutes even when the ambient temperature is only 22°C . The consequences of leaving your pet in a car even for a short time, can be deadly.

You can provide air conditioning for fragile and older pets.

Consider giving your long coated pets a cool summer haircut. A pet groomer can advise you on the most appropriate clip for your pet.Stay cool

Watch for Signs of Heat Stress

They include:

  • heavy panting
  • difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • drooling
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • seizures

If your pet is showing any signs of heat stress seek veterinary advice immediately. 

 

 

 

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