Hurrah, summer is finally here at long last! But how hot is too hot for our cats and dogs?
All this lovely heat and sunshine is a welcome change to the British weather for us humans! But it can become a dangerous time for our pets. Unlike us, our cats and dogs cannot respond to heat in the same way. We have sweat glands all over our bodies that help us regulate our temperature, but they must rely on panting and resting in a cool place to thermoregulate themselves. Heatstroke is a serious, life threatening condition; here at Charter Vets we see several cases of heat stroke every year, and some sadly don’t survive.
Because they’re not able to cool themselves down as easily as us, we have to be extra careful to provide them with a cool, well-ventilated and shaded environment with access to clean fresh drinking water. Pets are very susceptible to heat stroke – and it can happen a lot faster than you may think. There are however a host of sensible precautions you can take to minimise the risks to your pet when the temperature soars – read on to find out more.