A Seymour veterinarian is urging pet owners to check on their pets during heatwaves.JENNA BISHOP February 6, 2014 4:23am
With temperatures soaring into the 40s this week, pet owners are being reminded to check on their furry friends in the heat.
Seymour has just sweltered through it’s second heatwave of the season, with temperatures reaching 39°C on Thursday, 38.6°C on Friday, 41.7°C on Saturday, 43°C on Sunday, 41.3°C on Monday and an expected top of 29°C yesterday and 32°C today.
Seymour Veterinary Surgery veterinarian Andrew Hogan said the clinic usually saw several heat-affected animals a year.
‘‘We’ve also had deaths from heatstroke, but we haven’t had any this year, thankfully,’’ he said.
Dr Hogan said traditionally, it was older or overweight animals who felt the heat more, although younger animals were also susceptible because they have less capacity to control their body temperature.
Some animals with underlying medical issues could also be at risk, especially if they are unable to pant.
‘‘If they can’t pant, they won’t be able to keep cool,’’ Dr Hogan said.
Signs animals are suffereing from heat stroke usually include heavy panting with an open mouth, weakness, hot to touch, less responsive to their owners and surroundings, collapse, coma and even death.
Dr Hogan said owners should immediately call their vet if they notice any signs of heat-related illness.
‘‘If there is going to be any delay, hose your pet down or immerse them in cool water – a bath, sink or child’s wading pool might be handy,’’ he said.
‘‘Mild hyperthermia might be managed with cooling and medication, but severe heatstroke is a life-threatening condition requiring intensive therapy and hospitalisation.’’
Dr Hogan warned dog owners to avoid excercising in the heat of the day.
‘‘There are some enthusiastic dogs who will chase the ball as soon as you throw it, regardless of the temperature,’’ he said.
He said there were several simple steps to help avoid heat stroke in pets.
‘‘Never leave pets in hot cars, and at home, always provide shade in your pet’s yard and provide fresh, cool water,’’ he said.
‘‘As an extra special treat, on these hot days, you can add ice blocks to your pet’s water bowl, or into a pet friendly soup or stock for something different.
‘‘Some of the treats can be frozen as well and are worth thinking about – they enjoy these as much as we do.’’
Children enjoy sixth Shepparton Community Reading Day at various locations in central business district.
Living with a disability will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, December 3 when community organisations compete in an ‘all abilities’ challenge through the streets of Yarrawonga.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hundreds flocked to Gunbower on Sunday to watch the Gunbower Pacing Cup.
The Christmas decorations exhibition at the Rochester Shire Hall was a hit with many visitors.
Local recovering after workplace injury
Simone Robson and her young daughter shouldn't even be alive - but she has found a remarkable form of rehabilitation that could lead on to something much bigger.
No luck for Finley in Murray Valley cricket.
Tayla Edsall has donated her long locks to the Cut for Cancer program, which makes wigs for cancer patients.
Cobram entrant joins hundreds starting the Massive Murray Paddle.
Deniliquin business Charlie Carp attracts international interest.
A spring Future Orchards walks will be held at Coomboona on Friday November 28 from 9.30am.
Top price was a pen of first-cross border leicester/merino ewes offered by Tony and Anne Mort of ‘Mardie’, Winton and purchased by Heath Cowell of ‘Mundara’, Tallarook for $208.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.