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Penmellyn Vets St Austell
54A Holmbush Road
St Austell
PL25 3LQ

Did you know that when it’s 21 degrees celsius outside, it’s a baking 45.3 degrees celsius in the car!

Never leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans in the hotter weather.

dog in car

Please don’t worry she wasn’t there long and there was lots of fresh water available đŸ™‚

(We had to share our client’s very happy dog enjoying the outdoor Cornwall sunshine safely!)

Dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke as unlike humans they only sweat from their feet, to cool down they have to be able to pant and also be able to drink water.

Signs of heat stroke can range from excessive breathlessness and listlessness through to full blown collapse and even death.

Certain breeds and pets are mores susceptible and extra care should be taken with elderly, overweight, dogs with pre-existing heart problems or breeds with shorter noses such as Bulldogs, but remember any dog or other pet can be effected.

If you are concerned about heat stroke phone the vet immediately for advice and an emergency consultation, normally the hyperthermia can be controlled using intravenous fluids, nursing and drugs, especially if we can see the patient soon enough.

Prevention is always the best way to keep your pets safe and involves awareness from owners, never leaving pets in cars or behind glass when the temperature is very hot, always providing water, a shady spot and some ventilation for your pet.

If you think they may be slightly overheating then use a water spray or wet cold towel to cool them down while providing a fan to help keep the air moving.

Also never work/over exercise your dog in hot weather- where possible wait until dusk & dawn to go for your walks and playtime.

Always carry some water & a bowl with you if you are exercising in hot weather and try to keep to shady walks such as in the woods rather than open spaces.

These tips are particularly important for pets that live outside

Make sure your pet has access to shaded areas to stay cool and that there is clean water always available.

Pay special attention to their leftover food as it can go off very quickly when the weather is warm.

Try to walk and exercise your dogs in the morning or in the evening to avoid the midday sun. It might be a good idea to clip long-haired pets.

If your dog is particularly susceptible to sun burn (e.g. white Dalmatians, bulldogs, etc.) don’t forget to limit their exposure to the sun and to apply pet safe sunscreen.

Check on your pets that live outside regularly. Rabbits, for example, are prone to maggot infestations (flystrike), and it is recommended to check on your rabbits at least twice a day.

Flies are attracted to dirty, wet fur and may lay their eggs on rabbit’s bottoms. Once the maggots hatch they will feed on the rabbit’s flesh! See more rabbit information written by our vet Peter Murrish… more

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