Keep the dogs cool as heat picks up

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

WITH tem­per­a­tures ris­ing and sum­mer not far away, it is time to think about how to keep your furry four-legged best friends free from heat stress.

Or­chid Val­ley Vet Surgery vet nurse Lara Mit­ton said it was the brachy­cephalic dogs with pushed-in faces such as pugs, staffys, bull­dogs and shih tzus that own­ers needed to keep a closer eye on dur­ing warmer parts of the year.

“They tend to have a lot of trou­ble be­cause dogs cool down by pant­ing, so if they have that pushed-up face and their air­ways are a lit­tle bit oc­cluded, and if they can’t do the pant­ing as much then they are more prone to over­heat­ing,” Ms Mit­ton said.

Dogs with black coats such as black labradors or rot­tweil­ers also tend to have more cases of heat stress than lighter-coloured dogs.

And while it may be tempt­ing to let high-en­ergy dogs such as bor­der col­lies and kelpies run wild, these dogs can get re­ally hot “all of a sud­den”.

Spring also marks al­lergy sea­son for dogs, so if your pet is show­ing signs of itch­i­ness, it may be time to take a trip to the vet.

“Spring tends to be al­lergy sea­son and with ev­ery­thing pol­li­nat­ing and be­cause it’s dry, the grass is crunchier and we are see­ing a lot of itchy dogs al­ready,” Ms Mit­ton said.

“Keep an eye out for itch­ing, chew­ing paws and dogs scratch­ing their ears.”

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