Heatwave and your pets
Date: July 31, 2007 11:41PM
A warning to anyone who has dogs.
Don't be tempted to let them drink too much in any one go i.e. after going on a walk or running around. Give them small bowls not big buckets ...a case of little and often.
If a large dog (it is worse in large dogs) drinks a lot and then runs around or jumps about, the weight of the water in the stomach can make the stomach turn over and twist and can kill your dog.
Keep your eyes open for possible heat stroke in your pets. Signs are excessive panting, pale and dry gums, waivering gait, lethargy. If you can, take a rectal temperature. Anything over 105 degrees is heatstroke and life threatening. Immediately, try and lower the temperature by running water over the animal, making sure that the water touches the skin and doesn't just run off the coat. Pay particular attention to the underbelly. Also, run water through its mouth and over the tongue (not down it's throat).
Get it to a vet immediately!!!!!!!
The "Don't lock them in your car - even with a window open" goes without saying and make sure they have shade, water and and an area where there is a through draught.