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HEAT STRESS IN DOGS

 

In summertime, all you want to do is have fun and play in the sun but spare a thought for your poor pet friend-heat stress can be a killer.

 

SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS

Dogs and cats pant to lower their body temperature-they do not sweat like humans. If your pet is overheated you may notice excessive panting, salivating, vomiting, overly red gums or even seizures.

 

TREATMENT OF HEAT STRESS

Call Mudgee Vet Hospital immediately if you suspect heat stress in your pet. In the meantime move your pet to a cooler spot and keep him quite. Apply cool (not cold) water by hose or damp cool towels. Immerse your dog in a cool tub of water for short periods.

 

PREVENTING HEAT STRESS

*Have plenty of fresh cool water available at all times-frozen ice cream containers at several sites are excellent sources.

*Avoid midday sun-keep walks and play sessions to early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler.

* Don’t over exercise your pet when its hot.

*Be extra careful with longhaired, overweight, young or older animals.

*Never leave your pet in a parked car.

*Have your pet clipped

*Inside animals need cool well ventilated areas to sleep.

*Place cool bricks inside hutches.

*Place wet hessian bags over hutches and kennels and keep in a shady spot.

 

The friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are always available to help you with any advice. Please call 63722105.

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