Top suggestions for keeping your pet safe, including how to identify if your pet is overheating.
TEMPERATURES SOARED OVER THE WEEKEND, and they’re expected to stay that way for the next few days, but how can you know if your pet is overheating?
Summer has arrived in the United Kingdom, with temperatures reaching 31.6°C at Heathrow Airport in London over the weekend. The sweltering weather is expected to linger for the rest of the week, according to forecasters. If you find the weather to be too hot, your pet will find it to be as well.
Pet owners should be cautious of heatstroke, also known as heat stress, when temperatures rise.
The illness may affect a number of cats, dogs, and other pets, necessitating veterinarian attention.
Because pet owners may not recognize the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, they may wait until the last possible moment to seek aid.
This website has developed a list of methods for detecting heat stress in your pet.
The typical body temperature for various pets varies, but it is between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius for cats and dogs.
When the temperature rises above 40 degrees Celsius, heatstroke is likely to develop.
Pets cannot use their body’s natural cooling system above this temperature.
If your pet is stressed by the heat, you may observe the following symptoms:
If you fear your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take the following procedures.
Start by removing your pet from the heated surroundings as soon as possible.
To maximize heat dissipation, sprinkle or spray tepid/cool water to the animal’s fur and skin before using a fan.
After that, you should wet down the area around your pet to see if it helps.
Use caution when using ice or ice-cold water, as this can exacerbate the condition.
Heatstroke is always an emergency, and your pet has to be checked out by a professional. Take your pet to the nearest veterinarian facility right away.
Ensure that your pet has constant access to plenty of fresh, chilled water.
It’s preferable if you use plastic or terracotta bowls to hold the water.
You should adjust your pet’s activity program to avoid the hot midday heat and hard surfaces, which might harm their feet.
Even if the windows are open or the weather appears to be cloudy, never leave your pet in a car.