PETS AND HEATSTROKE
HEATSTROKE in animals is a killer and can happen fast. Unlike humans, dogs do not cool off by sweating. The only way they can lower their body temperature is to pant and sweat through their paws. HOW DO YOU AVOID HEATSTROKE? ■ Provide pets with cool, shaded areas ■ Provide plenty of clean, fresh water ■ Bring animals indoors on hot days ■ Do not exercise animals in hot, humid conditions ■ Do not leave your dog in a vehicle ■ Feed more wet or tinned food. SIGNS TO WATCH OUT FOR ■ Heavy panting, difficulty breathing, thick saliva ■ Bright red tongue and mucous membranes ■ Vomiting or bloody diarrhoea, unsteadiness. Veterinary help should be sought as soon as possible. Spray cool water onto the animal, followed by fanning.