Education and Common Sense is all that is required for any living thing, especially heat stress animals. I know that I have rarely been able to just run into a shop and out again without being held up either by a friend, at the checkout or to help someone.
Just like humans, heat affects some dogs more than others. Depending on their age, health, if short nosed, long haired, humidity and/or obesity.
Some of the signs of heat stoke aka Hyperthermia are:
- Excessive drooling
- Muscle tremors
- Wobbly and uncoordinated
- Organ failure
If you find an animal left in a car please contact you local RSPCA asap. If this animal is showing signs of being in heat distress, the aim is to bring their temperature down at a steady rate. Spray water on them and fan them. Do not use ice as this will cool them down to rapidly and possibly damage their skin. Try to keep them calm.
Please seek a vets advice if you have an animal showing signs of heat stress as it is better to be safe than sorry. There are severe penalties if you are found guilty of causing animals to suffer.
Until next time please stay safe and keep enjoying each other.
Helen and Cleopatra