The sun is shining, and temperatures are soaring. However, it can quickly become a dangerous situation for our furry friends. After all, would you want to wear a fur coat in hot weather? It's essential to help your pet stay cool in high temperatures to protect them from heatstroke, which can be life-threatening.
Compared to us, our pets are less equipped to keep cool. They can only sweat through their pads! They rely on panting to regulate their body temperature, but this may not always be sufficient. Other ways to help our furry friends stay cool include lying on cool surfaces, swimming, seeking shade, or enjoying a gentle breeze.
However, if your pet cannot access these cooling methods, panting alone may not be enough to prevent overheating. This can lead to a rapid increase in their body temperature, resulting in heatstroke.
How do pets get heatstroke?
- • Sunbathing: Our sun-loving pets may enjoy basking in the sun during summer. However, extended exposure without a breeze to cool them down can put them at risk of overheating.
- • Enclosed rooms: Cats may find comfort in napping in enclosed rooms, which can quickly heat up and turn into a greenhouse. Ensure your sun lounge is pet-free before closing the door or leaving for the day.
- • Cars: Leaving your pet in the car, even for a short time on a warm day, can be extremely dangerous. Just like enclosed rooms, the temperature inside a car can rise rapidly, putting your dog's life at risk.
- • Dog walks: Be careful when taking your dog for a walk in sunny weather. Even your usual walk may be too long on a hot day. Walking in exposed areas without shade or access to water, such as fields or parks, can be hazardous, and your pet may struggle to stay cool and quickly overheat.
- • Dark/thick coat: Pets with dark or thick coats are at higher risk of heatstroke as their fur absorbs and retains heat.
- • Short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds: These breeds are even more susceptible to heatstroke as they have difficulty regulating their body temperature and are less tolerant of heat.