Don’t forget to protect your pet, warn vets

As temperatures continue to soar, pet owners are being warned to take extra care of their pets in the record-breaking UK heatwave.

Dogs may particularly struggle to stay cool in these high temperatures and humid conditions since, unlike humans, they are unable to cool down quickly through sweating, rendering them vulnerable to overheating. Brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds such as English or French bulldogs and pugs are even more at risk, as their short noses can make breathing properly difficult, and therefore cooling down much harder.

Some breeds of cats and dogs, particularly those with lighter-coloured or finer fur, may benefit from appropriate sun cream in hot weather, especially on the ears which are prone to sunburn.

British Veterinary Association president John Fishwick said: “Many of us are struggling with the ongoing high temperatures but it’s important not to forget that many pets can suffer too. We’re advising owners to take some simple steps to ensure that their much-loved pets also stay happy and healthy this summer.

“Even relatively lower temperatures at the start and end of the day can prove uncomfortable for animals, especially if they are kept in direct sunlight without any shade.

“Vets know that dogs in particular won’t stop enjoying themselves and exercising because it is hot, so it’s up to owners to do all they can to prevent overheating happening – and be able to recognise the signs and act quickly if it does.”

 

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