Managing heatstroke in pets
This year we are seeing soaring summer temperatures which means we need to be much more careful with our pets and we may need to adapt their routines accordingly.
And although the temperature has cooled a bit in the last couple of days, the heatwave is set to return over the weekend.
The danger of our canine companions and horses developing heat stroke is real. Heat stroke is not solely the result of dogs being left in cars, it can be exercise-induced too. The same for horses.
With dogs you need to cool them down and we recommend you do this by putting them in a bath, lying them on wet towels, keep pouring water on them, using fans to help cool them down.
With horses their behaviour can become quite unpredictable. They might kick out, seem quite wobbly, fidgety or just not with it, and they may go down or throw themselves on the floor at the drop of a hat. Priority is safety for all concerned, so you may need to sedate them to stop them causing themselves or you any injury. When they are calm we recommend you keep throwing water over them (buckets or hose pipe) – no need to scrape it off, just keep the water coming! If possible (and safe) take their temperature.
Our team are here 24 hours should you have any concerns over heat stroke in the forthcoming heatwave – 01209 823717