Keep your pets safe in the sun
ANIMALS can die in not only hot cars but also conservatories, caravans or outbuildings and with the sudden rise in temperature the RSPCA is urging owners to look after their pets.
Since Monday, the RSPCA has received 195 reports of animals being left in hot places, 172 of which related to dogs.
The animal welfare charity is concerned people are not taking on advice and are continuing to leave their animals in places that are far too hot.
RSPCA East Superintendent Kelly Rivers said: “Most people seem to know the ‘don’t leave dogs in hot cars’ message, but I think they just don’t think anything bad will happen to their pets, particularly if they’re just leaving them for a few minutes.
“What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet - that’s how serious this is.”
Owners often make the mistake of thinking it is sufficient to leave a bowl of water or a window open for their pet but this is not enough to protect your pet from heatstroke, which can have fatal consequences.
Even a hot garden without shade can be disastrous for an animal.
The temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 47 degrees within 60 minutes when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees.
The RSPCA have the following advice for pet owners:
— All dogs will suffer, but some dogs are more prone to heatstroke. For example, dogs that are old, young, short nosed, long-haired, overweight or heavily muscled are more at risk, as well as dogs with certain diseases.
— Cloud cover can disappear quickly.
— Temperatures in air conditioned cars can reach the same temperature as outside within just five minutes of the air conditioning being turned off.
The most obvious sign of heat stroke in dogs is excessive panting and profuse salivation. Other signs include:
— Overly red or purple gums
— A rapid pulse
— Lack of co-ordination, reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing, seizures, vomiting or diarrhoea
Heat stroke can result in coma or death in extreme instances.
Owners who fear their dog may be suffering from heatstroke should act quickly. Pets should be moved to a cooler spot straight away before ringing your vet for advice immediately.
— Douse your dog with cool (not cold) water. You could put your dog in a shower and run cool water over him/her, spray your dog with cool water and place him/her in the breeze of a fan. Never cool your dog so much that he/she begins to shiver
— Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water
— Continue to douse your dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle and then take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery
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Weather for Leighton Buzzard
Wednesday 22 May 2013
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Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: West
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