Help furry friends
Saturday, 29th December, 2018
By Myles Burt
As the heatwave continues the RSPCA has provided some simple tips to encourage local pet owners to cool down their furry companions.
They are asking owners to make sure there’s plenty of water at all times for pets, share the air-conditioning, place animal-friendly sunscreen on pets, freeze treats in ice to allow pets to cool down during meal times, and ensure there’s adequate shade outside.
Pet owners should also consider products such as cooling bandanas that can cool down your pet, putting down a wet mat, filling a shell pool and avoiding hot surfaces.
Animals exposed to high temperatures are likely to suffer from heat stroke, however symptoms of heatstroke can be easily identified.
Pet owners should look for increased panting, excessive drooling, restlessness, agitation, increased heart rate, dizziness, staggering, fatigue, weakness, mental confusion, breathing distress, bright red tongue, little to no urine production, very red or pale gums, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, muscle tremors or pets falling into a coma.
Quick and easy techniques to lower your pets body temperature is by removing them from the hot environment immediately and spraying them with cool water then fanning to maximise heat loss.
If a spray bottle can’t be found then using a wet cool towel is just as good.
Do not use ice-cold water as it will constrict blood vessels, decreasing heat dissipation, which could create an undesirable shivering response that produces internal heat.
Get your pet to drink cool water and seek veterinary attention.