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‘Dangers of pets in the heat!’
Do apply sunscreen if your pet has a light coloured nose or ears. Mammals burn just like humans, and can even develop skin cancer.
Don’t take your dog for a long walk in the heat of the day. Go in the early morning or late evening, and make the walk shorter than usual.
Don’t leave your dog in a car, even for a few minutes. An open window or a windshield screen isnt enough to keep the car cool. According to the RSPCA, if its 22°C outside, withing an hour it can be 47°C inside a car. Dogs die this way every year – don’t let yours be one of them.
Don’t leave your pet in a glas conservatory or a caravan. The same rules apply as for cars.
Don’t worry if your cat seems to be grooming itself more than usual. This is a cooling mechanism similar to sweating; as the saliva evaporates off its fur, the cat will cool down.
Don’t ignore the signs of heat stroke. Heavy panting, profuse salivation, a rapid pulse, very red gums/tongue, lethargy, lack of coordination, reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of conciousness. In extreme circumstances – heat stroke can be fatal!