It’s Summer! And hopefully the weather is warming up nicely for us. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year where our beloved pets are at risk of heatstroke. This is a condition which can affect all animals but mainly affects dogs.
The RSPCA run a campaign every year to raise awareness of the terrible risks involved when dogs are left in cars during the hot weather, even if for a short amount of time, this can have tragic consequences so our advice is to never leave your dog in the car during the warm weather, even with the windows open a car can heat up to over 47°c within an hour if the temperature outside is around 22°c.
If you see a car with a dog in and are concerned that it may be at risk, the RSPCA advise you to follow these steps:
Establish the animal’s health/condition. If they’re displaying any signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately.
What is heatstroke?
If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heat-stroke which is a serious condition and can be fatal.
If a dog is displaying any signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.
Some types of dog are more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more at risk.
Warning signs of heat-stroke:
Emergency First Aid for dogs
For more information, please visit the RSPCA website www.rspca.org.uk and search “Dogs die in hot cars”
24 hour Emergency Care
We are proud to provide our own out of hours service, which is based at our surgery in Woodbridge.
Emergency care is available to our clients 24 hours a day 365 days a year. In an emergency your call will be answered by one of our nurses and your pet will be treated by one of our vets. Our vets have access to your pet’s clinical records which is a huge advantage when dealing with an emergency.