Veterinary Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy

Sun’s Out… Tongues Out!

With the summer heatwave set to continue, follow our guide to keeping your dog safe and having fun in the summer sun….

  • Restrict exercise – walk early in the morning or later in the evening
  • Never leave in a car, hot room or sun trap
  • Ensure drinking water and a cool, shaded spot is always available (carry water & a bowl with you on walks)
  • Spray with cool water
  • Make cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favourite food inside or stuff a kong and pop it in the freezer
  • Be particularly careful with short nosed breeds, older dogs and those that are overweight – these dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around

Heatstroke – know the signs;

  • Glassy eyes, fearful expression
  • Heavy panting, excessive drooling, red or purple gums & tongue, vomiting
  • High body temperature
  • Racing heart
  • Collapsing or staggering
  • Seizures

Steps to take if you’re worried your dog has heatstroke;

  • Move somewhere cool, preferably somewhere with a draught or in the breeze of a fan
  • Offer small amounts of tepid water
  • Using wet towels, douse with cool (not cold!) water
  • Contact your vet or out of hours service immediately – The average survival rate of dogs diagnosed with heatstroke is 50% so it is important to act quickly

 

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