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Penmellyn Vets
Padstow & St Merryn
Riviera Saint Merryn
PL28 8NR

Did you know that when it’s 21 degrees celsius outside, it’s a baking 45.3 degrees celsius in the car!

Never leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans in the hotter weather.

dog in car

Did you know that rabbits lose heat through their ears?

To help keep them cool in the summer heat, you can gently spritz the fleshy part of your rabbit’s ears with cool water (only little amounts at a time – you don’t want the water to run down into their ear canal).

As the water evaporates, it will help to cool your furry friend!

Dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke as unlike humans they only sweat from their feet, to cool down they have to be able to pant and also be able to drink water.

Signs of heat stroke can range from excessive breathlessness and listlessness through to full blown collapse and even death.

Certain breeds and pets are mores susceptible and extra care should be taken with elderly, overweight, dogs with pre-existing heart problems or breeds with shorter noses such as Bulldogs, but remember any dog or other pet can be effected.

If you are concerned about heat stroke phone the vet immediately for advice and an emergency consultation, normally the hyperthermia can be controlled using intra venous fluids, nursing and drugs, especially if we can see the patient soon enough.

Prevention is always the best way to keep your pets safe and involves awareness from owners, never leaving pets in cars or behind glass when the temperature is very hot, always providing water, a shady spot and some ventilation for your pet.

If you think they may be slightly overheating then use a water spray or wet cold towel to cool them down while providing a fan to help keep the air moving.

Also never work/over exercise your dog in hot weather- where possible wait until dusk & dawn to go for your walks and playtime.

Always carry some water & a bowl with you if you are exercising in hot weather and try to keep to shady walks such as in the woods rather than open spaces.

Enjoy the Spring and Summer but always be careful of heat stroke!

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