Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

Page 14 The Advertiser July 6th 2022 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Ad Sales: 01204 478812 WE have seen some high tem- peratures already this year so, as we move towards the summer months of July and August, we need to be mindful of our dogs and make sure they don’t suffer from heatstroke. Dogs reduce their temperature by panting and have sweat glands in their paw pads. If dogs get too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they can easily get heatstroke, which can be fatal. Some dogs are more prone than others, and these include very young and older dogs, dogs with thick coats, or dogs with short, flat faces such as pugs and boxers. THE FIVE SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR ARE: • Is the dog panting heavily? • Is the dog drooling excessively? • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated? • Is the dog vomiting? • Has the dog collapsed? If a dog is showing these symp- toms, you need to reduce their body temperature. If they have collapsed, you need to call a vet immediately. In milder cases follow these steps. Move the dog to a cool, shaded area. Pour small amounts of room Advertiser PETS Contact the Advertiser team on 01204 478812 Why summer dog care is important temperature water onto the dog’s body. Excessively cold water may cause them to go into shock. You can also use wet towels – but soak them regularly and remove them periodically as covering with towels could actually cause the dog to heat up. Don’t cool them so much that they start to shiver. Allow the dog to drink small regular amounts of room temper- ature water. On hot days we advise that you walk your dog in the early morning or later in the evening when temper- atures are lower. Avoid the heat of the sun at midday. Dogs don’t wear shoes so if walk- ing on tarmac or pavements, make sure that the surface is not too hot for your dog’s paws. Place your hand on the tarmac for seven seconds – if it is uncomfortable to keep your hand there, it is too hot for your dog’s paws. Always make sure your dog has access to shade and fresh water throughout the day. Remember the sun moves around during the day, so an area that is shaded in the morning could well be in full sun in the afternoon. Dogs can suffer from sunburn too but there are a number of pet spe- cific sun creams available. Use these creams on exposed skin such as the tips of their ears and their nose to avoid them getting sunburnt. Too many people still think that it is okay to leave their dog in a car on a hot day as long as the windows are open slightly and the car is parked in the shade. This is simply not true – on hot days the inside of a car heats up very quickly, with in-car tempera- tures more than doubling the out- side temperatures in under an hour. A car left parked in the shade will still get too hot and can soon be in the glare of full sun as the sun moves around. Dogs will quickly become over- heated and distressed and not just in a physical way. Just imagine the stress they will go through as they are become hotter and hotter and have no idea of when their owner will return to free them.