Last week was a busy week for the practice with the soaring temperatures causing problems for many animals. Even some of the animals coming in for a routine vaccination had higher temperatures than normal due to the hot car journey. One of our clients had a dog that had been vomiting all morning and was feeling very sorry for himself with his big, fluffy coat. He was given an injection to stop him being sick and some antacids to settle his stomach. It was advised that he was only fed bland food for a few days.
A few hours later, he was still vomiting and his owner was worried about him getting dehydrated in the heat. He was brought back to us and although his temperature was normal, his gums were now tacky rather than moist. An x-ray was taken in case he had something stuck in his stomach or intestines as this would cause continuous vomiting. The x-ray showed that this wasn’t the case. On a normal day, the dog may have been allowed to go home but we agreed that given the high temperatures, he was very likely to get even more dehydrated so he was admitted into the hospital to be put on a drip.
In times of increased temperatures, we advise that you follow a few rules:
- Do not to leave your dog in the car for any length of time, even with the windows open and the car parked in the shade. Please do not attempt any long journeys unless necessary.
- If you see any dogs parked in cars and showing signs of heat stroke then it is acceptable to call 999. Please do not break a window as this may count as criminal damage, unless you have spoken to the police first and they have told you to do so. Signs of heat stroke start with excess panting and progress to vomiting, wobbliness and collapse.
- Conservatories and caravans can also get very hot and should be avoided.
- Check water bowls regularly to make sure that water is always available.
- If your pet does get too hot, wrap them in a cool, damp towel and use ice packs around this. If there are signs of heat stroke such as excessive panting mentioned above, then please call the vet.
- Get long haired dogs trimmed regularly.
- Pet suncreams are available for those pets that have only a thin covering of white fur eg nose and ears.
- Any small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs that live outside should have their hutch placed in the shade and water checked regularly.
So enjoy this lovely weather while it lasts and if you have any concerns about your pet please remember that we are always available for help and advice, just a phone call away.