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As the weather warms up and we all look forward to enjoying the sunshine, it’s important to be aware of the effects the heat can have on our pets.
Pets are unable to cool down by releasing sweat from skin pores like we do. Cats, dogs and rabbits do sweat a little bit from their pads but if they want to cool down further they pant. However, this may not be sufficient in hot and humid weather, so it’s up to us to stop them from getting too hot in the first place, and if they do over heat knowing how to treat them.
Staying safe in hot weather
Leave your pet alone in the car on a warm day, even if the window is open, its cloudy outside or you have a sunshield. The inside car temperature can rise dangerously high within a few minutes and heatstroke is a potentially fatal condition. Signs of heat stroke include:
If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, contact your vet immediately. Move them to a cooler and well ventilated area. Douse them with cool water or briefly wrap them in water soaked towels. Do not use freezing cold water or allow their temperature to drop too quickly or so low that they start to shiver. Allow them to drink cold water, little and often. Even if your pet recovers, do get them examined by a vet to check there is no long term damage.
We have selection of summer items on sale including cool mats, jackets, water bottles, bandanas and ice-creams.
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