With another sunny and warm day the GSPCA want to ensure all pet owners take care of their animals.
Many of us love to enjoy the sunny warm weather but we are urging pet owners to be mindful of their animals.
Don’t leave your dog alone in a car.
If it’s very warm outside and you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.
Thousands of Islanders will be flocking to the North Show today and many more to the events all over this weekend but please ensure that your dogs aren’t left in your car or other pets put at risk.
It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. In fact, when it’s 22°C/72°F outside like it will be today, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.
Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car, dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars.
Even with current legislation in Guernsey if it can be proven that your dog is suffering you can face prosecution. You would also have to live with the fact that your thoughtless action resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.
If you see a dog in a car on a warm day please call the GSPCA on 01481 257261.
If you are taking your dog to the North Show today as we do at every event we attend there will be a number of water bowls at the GSPCA stall which this year once again is situated next to the Fur and Feather tent in a nice shady cool spot.
Steve Byrne, GSPCA Manager said ‘We all love to enjoy the sunny weather but its important to consider your pet in this warm weather.’
‘We will be looking after Bernard our Giant Dog Mascot at the North Show and if anyone is there with their own dogs then please feel free to pop by our stall as we will have fresh water in bowls for those thirsty pooches.’
‘If anyone fancies dressing as a Giant Animal Mascot for the GSPCA then there are two chances one being this Saturday for our Flag Day and the other is in the Giant Animal Mascot Race on September 15th.’
‘It’s a very busy time of year for the GSPCA with sick, injured and unwanted animals and we want to ensure that pets aren’t put at risk.’
‘If you are concerned about any animal and you can’t find the owner we would urge you to give the GSPCA a call on 01481 257261.’
Heatstroke – early warning signs
Heatstroke can be fatal. Do everything you can to prevent it.
Some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs. Dogs with certain diseases are more prone to heatstroke, as are dogs on certain medication.
If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke. There are some signs to look for:
- heavy panting
- profuse salivation
- a rapid pulse
- very red gums/tongue
- lack of coordination
- reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
- loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.
Heatstroke – first aid
If your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring your vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke can be fatal and should always be treated as an emergency.
Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:
- Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock – you could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, or use a spray filled with cool water and place your dog in the breeze of a fan.
- Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water.
- Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle – never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.
Once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.
Top tips for warm weather
- Your dog should always be able to move into a cooler, ventilated environment if he/she is feeling hot.
- Never leave your dog alone in a car. If you want to take your dog with you on a car journey, make sure that your destination is dog-friendly – you won’t be able to leave your dog in the car and you don’t want your day out to be ruined!
- If you have to leave your dog outside, you must provide a cool shady spot where he/she can escape from the sun at all times of the day. Please remember that shade cover can move during the day.
- Make sure your dog always has a good supply of drinking water, in a weighted bowl that can’t be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days and give your dog frequent small amounts.
- Never leave your dog in a glass conservatory or a caravan. Even if it is cloudy when you leave, the sun may come out later in the day and make it unbearably hot.
- Groom your dog regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds a haircut at the start of the summer, and later in the season, if necessary.
- Dogs need exercise – even when it is hot. Walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening. Never allow your dog to exercise excessively in hot weather.
- Dogs can get sunburned too – particularly those with light-coloured noses or light-coloured fur on their ears. Ask your vet for advice on pet-safe sunscreen.
- Make an ice lolly or ice cream dog treat for your dogs to crunch and chew to cool down.
- Please be mindful of the other pets in your care and where you keep them and ensure they don’t get trapped in places such as greenhouses and conservatories.
By following this advice we at the GSPCA hope you and your pets enjoy the sunny weather.