Hot weather can prove fatal for cats and dogs, as they are unable to maintain their normal body temperatures if left outside for extended periods of time. However, if you follow these simple steps, it is easy to keep your pet safe in the hot weather.
There are a number of things you can do to keep your pet happy and healthy during hot weather, including:
Under no circumstances should you leave your pet in a car unattended. The consequence of leaving them in the care, however briefly, can be fatal.
1. excessive salivating
5. dry nose and gums
7. constant panting.
More advanced signs of heat stress include dark purple coloured tongue, vomiting and seizures leading to death.
Animals with flat faces, such as pugs and Persian cats, are more prone to heat stroke, as they can’t pant as effectively as other breeds of cats and dogs. Along with senior, overweight and pets with heart or lung conditions, these pets should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help form your vet immediately.
Looking out for your pet’s well-being when it’s hot will make sure that the whole family can make the most of the warmer weather. If you would like more information about heatstress and your pet take a look at our fact sheet here.