As temperatures rise, please be mindful that your pets can suffer from the excessive heat. Pets can become dehydrated and overheat quickly, so know the signs of overheating. These include excessive panting, increased heart rate, dry or pale gums and weakness or collapse. To avoid overheating, try not to overexert your pet on walks, and make sure they always have access to fresh water and a shady spot to sit in.
We would also like to remind pet owners that ‘dogs can die if left in hot cars’. Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences. We all love the sunshine but it is important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.
Please see our dedicated page to get the best tips on keeping your pet safe in the hot weather here
The ISPCA believes that education is key to better animal welfare in Ireland. Plan a visit to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford to learn more about animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and wildlife in Ireland. To arrange a trip/tour for your class or school to the National Animal Centre please email email@example.com or call 043 3325035.
Find the Educate Together lesson plans here, a resource to assist teachers in educating students about animal welfare, pet care, commitment and responsibility.
The following articles contain general advice on those animal-related matters which, in the ISPCA's experience, affect animal lovers and pet owners most often. Unfortunately, it is not possible in the context of the website to take into account individual situations or consider unusual problems or circumstances.
You should seek further advice and assistance from your vet, the ISPCA or other appropriate expert if you are concerned about the welfare of a particular animal. The ISPCA regrets that it cannot accept any responsibility for acts or omissions based on the following advice which is intended as a general introduction to animal-related problems only.