With the temperature soaring to over 30˚ C, it is vital that pet owners be aware of how extreme heat can affect their pets.
Leaving your dog locked inside a hot vehicle can be fatal.
Even when parked in the shade, with the windows cracked, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar to over 50˚ C in minutes. Heat this extreme can cause irreparable brain damage and eventual death to a dog as they are not able to cool themselves quickly enough through panting.
During a heat wave, always leave your dog at home in a cool place with lots of water.
If you must leave your dog outdoors, make sure he or she has a sufficient dog house for shelter with a large bowl of ice and water inside.
In addition, follow these tips to keep your pet safe this summer:
• Keep outdoor activity to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day, going for walks only in the early mornings or evenings.
• Remember that asphalt can get very hot and burn your pet’s paws.
• Pay special attention to older dogs, short-nosed dogs and those with thick coats as they will be most affected by the heat.
• Don’t take your pet with you to the beach in the middle of a hot day.