I took this picture just now outside the vet clinic I work at. Remember that the bitumen is often 20°C hotter than the outside temperature on hot days like today. The second photo was the dash of my closed van. Talk about suffering to make a point! *** Given we have a breed that likes to sunbake, we have to be careful they don't get heatstroke. The signs of heat stress can be:
Increased heart rate
High rectal temperature
Thick saliva, drooling
Dark red gum colour
Lethargy or not willing to get up
Signs of confusion
Vomiting or diarrhoea (often with blood)
Tremors or seizures
Loss of consciousness or collpase
If you feel your pet is experiencing these signs, contact your closest vet immediately.
Remove them from the environment
Spritz cool water on them, then apply fans to maximise heatloss
Flowing tepid water over feet
Don't use ice or icewater in suspected heatstroke pets
Vet, vet, vet! This is an emergency!
While ALL pets can get heatstroke, some are more prone - those being long/thick coated animals, flat faced breeds, age extremes (very young/very old) as well as pets with heart problems, respiratory diseases, neurological issues or animals that are overweight.
To end our PSA, don't walk pets in this weather, don't leave them in the car (regardless of leaving aircon on or windows cracked, I don't care if "I''ll only be 5 minutes and I parked in the shade") *** Our dogs at home under the air conditioning, with plenty of water and cooling mats. We also have frozen coconut and rosehip treats for after dinner tonight.
What are you doing to keep your cresties cool?
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