By MyPetBuddy Vet line
Summer months in the UAE can be quite excruciating for humans and as well as our 4-legged friends. Dogs and cats are at high risk of heatstroke if we aren’t careful enough.
Cats do like to sunbathe but tend to know when they have had enough heat and will move to a more shaded spot. Dogs are sometimes not quite so smart and may need to be moved from the sun to prevent overheating. Remember dogs do not sweat like humans, their primary cooling method is panting. When the temperature outside gets close to matching the dog’s body temperature, panting becomes ineffective and the dog is at risk of heatstroke.
Although all animals can overheat, pets that are obese or are brachycephalic (flat nosed breeds such as Pugs or Persian cats) are more susceptible to heatstroke as it becomes increasingly difficult for them to use their airway to pant effectively.
Signs that your pet may be suffering from heat stroke include:
- Faster, heavier breathing or panting
- Thirstier than normal
- Whining or showing signs of agitation
- Faster heartbeat
- Gums turn a darker color than normal
- Weakness, lethargy or collapse
Tips to prevent heatstroke
- Always have adequate water to drink and make sure there is enough ventilation.
- Avoid exercising your dog in the heat of the day – early mornings and late evenings are usually cooler and remember the 5 second rule: if it hurts your hand to touch the pavement for 5 seconds then it will hurt your dogs’ paws to walk on it!
- Keep the environment cool during the hot summer months even if you are not at home.
- Never leave your pets in the car!
- Invest in a cooling vest.
- Parasites love the warmer weather so make sure your pets flea and tick treatments are up to date too.
If you suspect your pet is suffering from a heat related condition take them to a cool place and give them a drink of water while seeking immediate veterinary advice. And remember, MyPetBuddy premium members can call their Vet Line day or night for help and guidance on this, or any other pet-related topics.