Pets warning over heatwave
WITHÂ temperatures hittingÂ a record 34CÂ this week, leading vet charity PDSA has issued advice to owners on how to keep their pets cool and calm in the heatwave.
VetÂ Paul Manktelow has outlinedÂ his top tips for keeping animal companions fit and well during summer.
Signs of heat stroke to look out for includeÂ excessive panting, dribbling, unusual behaviour, disorientation and a bright red tongue or gums, whichÂ can quickly escalate to fatal collapse. It is advised to callÂ a vet immediately in this situation.
Pets that haveÂ overheated in the sun should beÂ draped with a cool damp towel and moved into the shade. It is recommended to changeÂ wet towels regularly, making sure they aren't trapping heatÂ and to coolÂ pets until their breathing has settled.
Even if pets have cooled down it is advised for them to still be seen by a vet.
Other tips include to never leave pets in hot cars, conservatories or caravans '“Â not even for a couple of minutes. Provide lots of fresh water and to make sure they have access to shade andÂ are exercised during cooler periods of the day.
If travellingÂ in aÂ car, make sure there is plenty of fresh air and the temperature of the car is cool. Also, ensureÂ pets' fur is regularly trimmed.