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Hot Dog Season

7th September 2016

Dear easipetcare friends,

Autumn is fast approaching but Summer certainly isn’t over yet so don’t forget that leaving your dog alone in a car on a warm day could have catastrophic consequences! Here’s why heatstroke can be fatal:

Juan Cordero Magdalena, Veterinary Surgeon – Chatham

“Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car dogs can’t cool down so leaving a window open or a sun-shield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough! The sad and shocking reality is that heatstroke can be fatal and dogs die in cars! Long-haired breeds, dogs with short snouts and fatter or heavily muscled dogs as well as very old or very young dogs are more prone to heatstroke. If dogs are unable to reduce their body temperature, they will develop heatstroke and should always be treated as an emergency. Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered so if your dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area, but immediate veterinary attention is required and once you have cooled your dog down you should take him/her straight to the veterinary surgery.”

If you have any concerns about your pets please get in touch with our team at your local easipetcare practice.

Best wishes,

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