Heat is on dog own­ers to keep furry pals safe

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

WITH tem­per­a­tures set to soar into the 40s this sum­mer, vets are urg­ing pet own­ers not to forget about their dogs.

The heat in­side cars can quickly hit more than dou­ble the out­side tem­per­a­ture if the car is left for an hour or more – which can turn into lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tions within two min­utes for ca­nines.

Dr Chris Pa­pan­to­nio, of Coly­ton Vet Hos­pi­tal, knows the con­se­quences of th­ese sce­nar­ios all too well.

“We had a client trans­port their dog in the back of their car to the dog park,” he said. “On the way, they dropped off at the shops and left him in the car. By the time they got to the dog park, the dog was al­ready show­ing signs of heat stroke.

“Dogs can­not ef­fi­ciently cool them­selves down as well as we do. A dog can suc­cumb to heat stroke within min­utes.”

Dr Pa­pan­to­nio also warned some breeds were par­tic­u­larly at risk.

“Brachy­cephalic breeds, such as pugs and bull­dogs, are more sus­cep­ti­ble to the heat as the con­for­ma­tion of their heads pre­vents ad­e­quate air flow and nat­u­ral cool­ing of the body.”

If any­one sees a dog strug­gling in a hot car this sum­mer, they should record the car’s reg­is­tra­tion, call the lo­cal an­i­mal con­trol or the po­lice and wait by the car.

– Jil­lian McKee

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