We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083 Felixstowe: 01394 284554 Rendlesham: 01394 420964 Ipswich: 01473 274040
We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964
Ipswich: 01473 274040

Summer News

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.

  • If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away/unable to attend, many people’s instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.
  • Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why, and take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).

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: 

  • Is the dog panting heavily?
  • Is the dog drooling excessively?
  • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?

Emergency First Aid for dogs 

  • For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature lowered gradually.
  • Move him/her to a shaded/cool area.
  • Immediately douse the dog with cool water. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan.
  • Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.
  • Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver.
  • After dousing your dog in water you should take him/her to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.

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.

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