Heat stroke in pets
Every summer we warn about the risks of heat stroke for pets, but every summer we still see cases all too frequently.
Dogs are still the most commonly seen patients. They have fur coats on which they can’t take off. If they go charging around on a hot day, or they are confined in a house with no windows open, but the sun coming through, or they are shut in a car for even a few minutes in the middle of the day, they can very quickly overheat. Because of their coat, they then cannot cool down quickly enough and effectively cook from the inside out. Fatalities are frequent.
Please, never leave dogs in cars. Always make sure your pet can move to a cool part of your house. Avoid allowing them to exercise during the heat of the day.
But it is not just dogs that are at risk of heat stroke. Rabbits and guinea pigs confined to hutches in the garden are also at serious risk. They also have non-removable fur coats and their hutches can act like ovens on hot days. Please always make sure that their hutches are placed out of direct sunlight and make sure they have access to cool, shady areas.
Heat stroke is a horrible way for any creature to die and it is completely avoidable.