Dog Warden Russ warns owners; take it easy with your pet until this weather changes!
Dog warden Russ Akehurst today sends out a warning to dog owners to take care of their pets in the heat as the RSPCA (England & Wales) report a surge of concerned calls.
Adur and Worthing Councils’ dog warden Russ was moved to ask dog owners to take special care after learning of the death of a fit and healthy five-year-old in Altrincham.
Russ said: “I hope people reading this story will realise that it is not just dogs in hot cars that are can cause death. I would urge you all to forget strenuous exercise for your animal until this stifling heats abates.”
Between Monday and Thursday, the RSPCA had 729 calls about animals being left in hot environments. And today the RSPCA Altrincham Cheshire Branch said:
“This morning we were informed a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees.
“The dog was otherwise fit and healthy. ‘Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work.”
We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.
“Yesterday the highest temperature for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about. ‘It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of its needs.”
Russ urges pet owners to look out for signs of heatstroke in a dog which could be panting excessively, staggering or in a stupor, having seizures, have a high body temperature, its tongue could be dark or bright red, it could have sticky or dry gums, there could also be bloody diarrhoea and vomiting.
Any dogs that may be suffering from heatstroke should be taken to a cool shaded area and a vet should be called immediately.
To bring its temperature down gradually the RSPCA also advises to douse them in cool, not cold, water – giving them a little to drink – until the dogs breathing begins to settle.