What to do if your pet starts to struggle in summer heat?
OUR pets can’t sweat all over their bodies as humans can.
Sweat allows the body to regulate its temperature.
Instead animals such as dogs rely on panting to get rid of the hot air and produce only a small amount of sweat through their footpads.
This makes them extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion in hot and humid conditions.
Heat exhaustion can be particularly dangerous and even fatal, so it’s important to be able to recognise the signs and know what to do.
Watch out for: ● Excessive panting; ● Exaggerated and noisy panting;
● Lethargy; ● Drooling; ● Weakness or collapse; ● Vomiting.
What to do if you suspect heat exhaustion:
● Take your pet to the vet immediately;
● An emergency vet is available 24 hours, seven days a week at Riverbank Animal Hospital on 6643 1700;
● On your way to the vet you can cool your pet by applying wet towels to hairless parts of your pet’s body (groin or paws);
● Place your pet in front of the air-conditioner or a fan while you are in the car.
Call Riverbank Animal Hospital for advice on 6642 3083.
DOGS RELY ON PANTING TO GET RID OF THE HOT AIR AND PRODUCE ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF SWEAT THROUGH THEIR FOOTPADS.