Now that summer has arrived, many of us are spending our free time lying in the garden or on a beach soaking up some sun while enjoying a BBQ and a cooling drink.
However, while we may be relishing in the sunny great outdoors, it’s important to remember our pets.
On hotter days, pets run the risk of overheating, which can have dangerous consequences on their health. Overheating in animals can happen rapidly, as they don’t possess the same sweat mechanisms as humans so can’t keep cool in the same way.
Dogs, for example, regulate their body temperature by panting. You can spot the signs of overheating in dogs by looking out for:
- Excessive thirst
- Heavy or unusual panting
- Increased drooling
- Deep and/or rapid breathing
- Glazed eyes
- Bright or dark red tongue or gums
If you notice any of the above signs, it’s important to take immediate action. If untreated, a dog could suffer a seizure or fall into a coma.
If it’s a hot day with lots of sunshine, ensure that your pet has somewhere shady to sit, along with a lot of cool water to drink. Don’t walk them too far or too hard either, as this will dehydrate them even more. It’s also important to avoid walking your dog on hot pavements as this can burn their paw pads.
And remember, NEVER leave your dog alone in a car in hot weather. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside can heat up incredibly quickly.
If you suspect your dog is getting too hot. Do the following:
- Use cool water on their ears and paw pads as well as armpits and neck
- Move your dog to a cooler area, with a fan or air conditioning if possible
- Provide a frozen dish of water to lick
- Take your dog to the vets and call ahead so they know to expect an emergency, if you’re concerned
Pets Corner at Peterborough One Retail Park offers a variety of products that will help to keep your pet cool at home, including an automated water dispenser and cooling mat!
Visit the store to browse and buy and ask the knowledgeable staff for more tips on keeping your furry friends cool this summer.