Temperatures rise in cars on a warm day
Never leave a dog on their own in a car on a warm day. Sadly, many people still believe its ok just to leave them with a few windows left open, this is extremely dangerous for the dog.
Within minutes the temperature inside a car can escalate and become unbearable and dangerous for an animal.
If you see a dog in distress call 999 immediately.
Dogs can become so hot that they develop signs of heat stroke which can lead to internal organ failure. Stay with the dog until help arrives, so you can monitor their condition.
Symptoms of Heatstroke include;
The dog may be losing consciousness, panting heavily, perhaps drooling or vomiting.
The dog will urgently need veterinary help and assistance.
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Top ten essential tips for pet owners
Winter time can be a glorious and fun season for many, but during the cold freezing months please think about the animals, they need our extra care and attention as there are many hazards lurking outside.
Here are just a few top tips on how to help your furry friend stay happy and healthy this winter:
1. Regular vet examinations
Keeping your pet health is vital, just like humans; pets can have health problems and can develop illnesses, look after your companion by keeping up to date with examinations and vaccinations, it’s vital to visit your veterinarian every year.
2. Help avoid unwanted parasites
Keep your pets vaccinations up to date, including year-round flea treatment. Fleas can also introduce other parasites into your dog or dog and if fleas are swallowed it can cause tapeworm.
3. Coping with freezing temperatures
Even after just a few minutes, animals exposed to freezing cold weather can cause Hypothermia. Due to the size of many animals, they are more likely to get this life-threatening condition then us humans.
4. Brushing animals can help blood circulation
Brushing animals are good for them, especially our long haired friends who need regular brushing. Brushing can get rid of dead hair and stimulate blood circulation which helps to improve the skin's overall condition.
5. Don’t leave your pet in a car
Never leave your dog or cat in a car, especially if temperatures outside are freezing. Cars can trap cold air and act like a refrigerator causing the animal to freeze to death.
6. Extra food to keep pets warm
During the winter months, pets burn extra energy as they try to stay warm. Slightly increase their food intake during this season to help them and ensure they have plenty of water available. Animals, like humans, can become dehydrated and get dry skin, so make sure they have water available for them and make sure it’s within easy reach.
7. Rock salts, anti-freeze – all dangerous chemicals can have fatal consequences
Make sure you wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in from the outside, especially if there’s snow or ice. Dogs lick their paws which he can ingest; salt, anti-freeze and other chemicals are dangerous and can be fatal. Make sure the paws and stomach are cleaned thoroughly; paws can also bleed because of the snow and ice.
8. Everybody buckle up
Not only should we wear a seatbelt when we’re in a car but so should our companion animals. If animals aren’t safety fastened they can cause distractions, which can cause injuries if the car is involved in an accident. Seatbelts and pet carriers are widely available at vet clinics, pet shops and other outlets.
9. Microchip your pets
Sadly, many companion animals are not micro chipped and if they get lost they may never be found, a heart-breaking thought. Get your companion animal’s micro chipped to help them to always find their way home and be reunited with their family. Many veterinary clinics offer a free or a low cost micro chipping service; ask your local veterinary surgery for advice and services available.
10. Growing up with animals may help children to gain respect for living things
Having pets in the home may help to encourage childhood responsibility and promote social skills. Growing up with animals can also help children to develop an understanding about compassion and respect towards animals.
Always check with your local veterinary surgery for free advice about winter hazards.