Hot Dog - To find out how to keep your dog cool and other summer safety tips go to www.dogstrust.ie/CoolToBeKind
With temperatures expected to remain high across Ireland, dog owners are being warned of the dangers hot weather can pose for dogs.
Sunny weather is such a treat for most of us in Ireland and many of us will be making the most of the glorious sunshine with visits to the park, beach or enjoying a backyard barbeque.
However, dogs cannot cool themselves down the same way as humans, so the charity Dogs Trust Ireland is asking dog owners, especially those with young puppies, older dogs, overweight dogs or dogs with flatter faces, to be extra cautious as they are more prone to heatstroke.
Common signs of heatstroke to watch out for include uncoordinated movements or collapse, altered or loss of consciousness, loss of vision, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, coma or bleeding.
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If heatstroke is suspected, seek veterinary attention immediately, the sooner this happens, the better chance the dog has of making a full recovery.
"If your dog displays any signs of heatstroke, please seek urgent veterinary advice” pleaded Niamh Curran Kelly, Veterinary and Welfare Manager, Dogs Trust Ireland.
“Advise your vet that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke and describe your dog's symptoms. If you can't get to your vet immediately and have to wait for transport, use a water spray to gently cool your dog's external skin temperature.
“You should also offer them small amounts of room-temperature water to help bring their temperature down further. While driving to the vet, drive with the windows down or air-conditioning on – this should help to further reduce your dog’s core temperature.”
Niamh’s colleague at Ciara Byrne Dogs Trust Ireland, says: "While going out in the beautiful midday sun for a walk may seem like a great idea, we want to remind people to walk their dogs early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are lower.
“If you’ll be walking on tarmac, try the 'seven-second test'; if it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws. Please also make sure you bring lots of cool, fresh water with you to keep your dog hydrated and if you're stopping for a break, check that your dog has some shade to relax in."
The charity is also sharing a vital reminder to all dog owners; never EVER leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. Just a few minutes in a hot car can be fatal to your dog, with temperatures inside rising from 22 to 33 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even if the car is parked in the shade and the windows are left down, it does very little to help with the temperature inside the vehicle.
For more information and lots of tips on making sure your dog has a cool summer please visit www.DogsTrust.ie/CoolToBeKind
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