Collapse, bloody diarrhoea, salivation. These are all signs of heatstroke in pets – a life-threatening condition that can cause organ failure and death.

As summer temperatures soar, our fur-friends may be at risk of heatstroke. There is reason to be concerned. Heatstroke is a fast-killer, and one in seven dogs taken to the vet with the condition don’t make it.

As pet owners, it is our responsibility to make sure our pets stay safe. As you start rolling up your sleeves for the summer, be sure to educate yourself on how you can protect your dog or cat from soaring temperatures – starting with these dos and don’ts.

Don’t walk when it’s hot

Unlike humans, dogs and cats can’t sweat the heat away. This means they are less able to regulate their body temperature.

To avoid overheating your pet, walk them when the weather is cool, such as in the early morning or evening. Choose the shadiest path, rest frequently, and bring a water bottle with you.

Did you know?

  • If the ground is too hot, your pet’s paws may blister or get burned. A good rule of thumb is: If a pavement is too hot for you to put your hand on, it’s too hot for your pet to walk on.

Don’t leave your pet in the vehicle

Confined spaces like car interiors are essentially saunas on hot days – even if you crack the windows open.

Don’t rely on air-conditioning either. In 2023, eight K-9 dogs died in Indiana after the air-conditioning system of their transport vehicle broke down. Either leave your pet at home, or get a friend along to help you take care of them while you run errands.

Did you know?

  • Warm weather can be deadly. A Stanford study found that a car’s internal temperature rose to 116 degrees Fahrenheit when left out in 72-degree weather – what most of us would consider balmy.

Do keep your pet cool indoors

Houses can get muggy in the summer. Beyond providing adequate ventilation and access to water, you should also keep your pet’s sleeping environment cool.

If you sleep with your pet, use naturally breathable bedsheets instead of synthetic ones. Synthetic materials such as polyester and flannel trap heat – great for winter, but not for summer.

Did you know?

  • Bamboo fabric is naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, which is why it’s a great option for bedding. Some athletes and activewear apparel brands also use it to keep cool!

Do know what to do in an emergency

Educating yourself on what to do if your pet experiences a heatstroke can be the difference between life and death. Do a quick Google search or talk to your vet – you never know when such knowledge might come in handy.

Did you know?

  • Place wet towels under – not over – your pet to cool them down, as the latter traps heat.


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