Goulburn Valley veterinarians are reminding people hot weather can wreak havoc on their pet’s wellbeing.RHIANNON GAVALAKIS December 21, 2013 4:39am
Dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke were just some of the serious side effects high temperatures could cause, Shepparton veterinarian Ben Porter said.
‘‘Animals are very susceptible to heatstroke, even more so than humans and that is because a lot of animals can’t sweat,’’ he said.
‘‘It can be fatal, we had a dog in this week that died of heatstroke.’’
Dr Porter said signs of heat stress included substantial panting, weakness and staggering, diarrhoea and confusion.
‘‘The way we recommend you minimise the risks are quite simple,’’ he said.
‘‘Provide your pet with adequate fresh water, a cool shaded area with lots of air flow and if it is really hot outdoors bring your pet inside.’’
Dr Porter said children’s paddling pools could be helpful for some small animals to bathe themselves on hot days. With the mercury rising to about 40°C this week, snake bites were another concern.
‘‘We’ve had half-a-dozen snake bite victims this week, there are plenty of snakes around,’’ Dr Porter said.
He said signs of a snake bite included vomiting, tremors, collapsing and difficulty breathing.
Burnt paws from hot pavement and dogs locked in cars were other areas of concern, he said.
‘‘We’ve had people bring their pets in with burnt pads on their paws, because they’ve walked on hot pavement,’’ he said. ‘‘Make sure you don’t exercise animals in hot and humid conditions, take them either early morning or evening when the temperature has cooled off.’’
Dr Porter said to keep an eye out for any signs of heat stress and contact a veterinarian as soon as possible if concerned.
‘‘The sooner you bring the animal in for treatment, the better chance they have of survival,’’ he said.
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