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.
A man suffered serious burns to his face and chest after a butane can explosion caused a fire at a Shepparton house yesterday.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Murray Shire councillor Geoff Mackenzie apologised to councillors at a Murray Shire Council meeting on Tuesday about any offence caused by comments he made in November.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Heathcote's Union Hotel is continuing its record of fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital.
Moira Shire Council's new chief executive says he will 'establish a standard of behaviour' as part of an overhaul of the organisation.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Benalla mother Denise Cooke will hold an Anzac Day tennis event to raise funds for the Cambodian orphanages from where she adopted her children.
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.