– Another scorching Summer is already underway in Australia, even with several weeks of Spring left to run! With the extreme heat in mind that is being experienced across much of Australia already, now is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of the need to keep our dogs cool.
The graphic displayed in this Post is from a handy poster produced by Murdoch University in Western Australia – a State well used to searing Summer temperatures.
Click on the graphic to enlarge it and you will see just how easy it is for your dogs to become overheated – and also how simple it is to prevent heatstroke from happening in the first place. For example, in a Post from last Summer we highlighted how cheap and easily available children’s plastic clam shells can be used to make an excellent cool down zone for your furry friends
Some points highlighted in the attached graphic are obvious – such as not leaving your dog alone in a parked car. However other points are not so well known – such as not travelling with dogs in a poorly ventilated vehicle, as they can still become overheated.
Very old dogs, young pups and unwell dogs are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, as we experienced last summer with our aging dog “Ben”. Ben (a Bull Mastiff X Bull Terrier X Australian Cattle Dog rescue) was fortunate to turn 14 this September, as we nearly lost him in the previous Summer’s heat wave. Our wonderful local Vet brought him back from the edge of the Rainbow Bridge one afternoon when Ben simply got too much Sun for his body to handle. Kidney failure started and it took lots of rehydration and careful monitoring by our Vet over a 24 hour period to see Ben back on his feet.
We’re planning a 100th birthday party for Ben over Christmas, as in human years that will just about equate to his canine age at the time. To make sure he gets there in fine fettle (and gets his congratulatory telegram from the Queen’s Corgis!), we spray him down every morning and afternoon with cool water from the garden hose, as well as making a shady spot and a kiddy pool full of cool water available to him all day. In addition, at lunch time he has a meaty frozen bone, which not only keeps his (remaining!) teeth in good order, but also acts like an ice block to help keep him cool. As a result, so far Ben has had no problems coping with days up to 40 degrees Celsius, and we aim to keep it that way.
Hopefully this Summer you will not have a scare with your dog like we did with Ben last year. However do take the time to click on and enlarge the attached graphic to remind yourself of the symptoms to look out for should heatstroke begin to onset in your dog, as well as tips to prevent it happening in the first place.