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Keep pets safe in hot weather with our summer tips

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.

If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move your pet to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away. 
The summer sun can be fun for everyone, but please do plan in advance if you plan to bring your pet anywhere and ensure that they will not be left in the car.

Please also be mindful of common chemicals that may be in your home this summer, as these can be toxic to pets.

The summer also brings a whole host of fun and fabulous events for us, but some of these can be noisy and disruptive for your pets. Please bear in mind some tips on how to manage your pets' stress in the event that there are fireworks or loud events in your area. 

Noise and commotion can be very distressing to some pets, and may drive them to unusual or extreme behaviour. The ISPCA recommend strongly that you have your pets microchipped as a permanent form of identification, and ensure that your details are always up to date. You should also have an ID tag, and together these forms of identification make it much more likely you will be reunited with your beloved pet in the event they escape. You can leave a TV or radio on to drown out some of the noise of fireworks or events. Pets should have somewhere to hide where they feel secure if frightened by loud noise, so a quiet room in the house will help with closed curtains and music or TV noise playing. Licking objects, life a toy filled with peanut butter can help reduce stress, as can playing with your pet if they are up for a game. If not, do not try to force them to play.  If you pet is truly terrified of loud noise and you are concerned about them, you may want to consult with your vet in advance, and ask them about training or medication to help with your pets’ stress.

You can dowload our warning poster about Dogs in Hot Cars here. This poster can be used in your local vet office, supermarkets, or anywhere else this warning is appropriate. 

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