With temperatures expected to hit 30C and an Orange high temperature alert issued for Roscommon, the Dogs Trust is warning owners of the dangers that warm weather can pose for dogs.
Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, many will be making the most of the glorious sunshine with visits to their local park, beach or enjoying a backyard barbeque. However, dogs cannot cool themselves down the same way as humans can, so the charity is asking dog owners, especially those with young puppies, older dogs, overweight dogs or dogs with flatter faces – such as Pugs or French Bulldogs – to be extra cautious as they are more prone to heatstroke.
Common signs of heatstroke to watch out for include uncoordinated movements or collapse, altered or loss of consciousness, loss of vision, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, coma or bleeding. If heatstroke is suspected, seek veterinary attention immediately, the sooner this happens, the better chance the dog has of making a full recovery.
Niamh Curran Kelly, Veterinary and Welfare Manager, Dogs Trust Ireland, said: “If your dog displays any signs of heatstroke, please seek urgent veterinary advice. You should dial your vet on speakerphone while moving your dog to a cool or shaded area. Advise your vet that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke and describe your dog’s symptoms. If you can’t get to your vet immediately and have to wait for transport, use a water spray to gently cool your dog’s external skin temperature. You should also offer them small amounts of room-temperature water to help bring their temperature down further. While driving to the vet, drive with the windows down or air-conditioning on – this should help to further reduce your dog’s core temperature.”
The charity is also sharing a vital reminder to all dog owners; NEVER leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. Just a few minutes in a hot car can be fatal to your dog, with temperatures inside rising from 22 to 33 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even if the car is parked in the shade and the windows are left down, it does very little to help with the temperature inside the vehicle.
For more information and lots of tips on making sure your dog has a cool summer please visit www.DogsTrust.ie/CoolToBeKind