As the temperature soars during the Aussie summer, please take a moment to consider how to keep your pup cool. Overheating can be extremely dangerous for our pets – as their core temperature rises, severe metabolic changes occur in your dog’s body. In a worst case scenario, heat stroke can be fatal.
Dogs and cats don’t sweat to cool off – they pant, losing heat through their respiratory tract. Dogs prone to respiratory problems such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Lhasas, Frenchies and Shih Tzus are especially at risk; with their compromised respiration, they cannot cool down as effectively.
So, how do you safeguard your pup this summer?
– Keep your dog indoors if possible.
– Ensure they have plenty of fresh water to drink.
– Don’t EVER leave your pet in a car – not even in the shade or with the windows down.
– Consider letting your dog paddle in a small wading pool or bucket to cool their paws. The water only needs to be cool – cold water can constrict blood vessels in the paws, keeping excess heat in the animal’s core.
If you suspect your pet has overheated, seek immediate veterinary attention. Signs may include excessive panting, lethargy, and in extreme cases, coma or seizures.
In the meantime, lower your pet’s core temperature by placing cool (not cold) wet towels around their groin, armpits, mouth and nose.
Please share – you may save a furry friend this summer.