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Help dogs beat the heat

Published: 2 January 2018

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Keep your furry friends cool in the heat

With soaring temperatures Auckland Council’s Animal Management team is encouraging dog owners to keep their furry friends cool in the heat.

Be mindful when out and about in the car that it only takes minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation.

On a day when it’s 20 degrees outside, the temperature in a car parked in the shade with the windows down can reach over 39 degrees within 10 minutes and can rise to a deadly 49 degrees in less than half an hour.

Signs to look out for

Signs of heat exhaustion include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination.

To lower body temperature gradually, if the dog is conscious and able to drink, give them cool or cold water, place a cold towel or an ice pack (frozen veg works) on the head, neck and chest, or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. You should call a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Take a bag

If you’re heading off to the beach with your favourite four-legged pal, make sure you fill a bag with these essentials. 

  1. Water and a bowl (and if your dog is prone to getting sand in their muzzle and eyes, bring extra water for washing their face)
  2. Leash – a retractable leash lets them wander further while remaining under your control
  3. Old towels or a blanket for them to sit on the hot sand and in the car on the drive home
  4. Dog-friendly sunscreen (not zinc, which, if ingested,  is toxic to dogs)
  5. Bags for cleaning up after your dog
  6. Frisbees and toys that float are good choices for the beach (tennis balls are popular but get pretty sandy when wet)
  7. Dog treats – keep them in your pocket to help your dog obey commands and come back to you easily.

Having these things in hand will ensure both you and your dog have the best time.

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