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How to Keep Your Dog (And Other Pets) Cool

As we all know, one of the most life-threatening mistakes people can make is to leave a dog in a vehicle during hot weather. Dogs can’t perspire, as humans do, to cool themselves off via evaporation, so they have to pant to cool themselves. If the air that they are taking in is too hot (as it is in a parked car in hot weather), then panting has little cooling effect and the dog quickly overheats.

Many people think their dog will be OK if they leave the windows open, but even with the windows wide open, the car can quickly become hot enough to cause heatstroke, brain damage, and even death. Your pet may pay dearly for even a few minutes spent in a sweltering car.  Please leave your pets at home during hot weather (and not outside, but inside with a fan and plenty of water).

Heat stroke in dogs

Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting that does not resolve as the pet rests, increasing distress, a tongue color that is dark red to almost purple, weakness or collapse, hyper-salivation, vomiting and labored breathing. If you suspect a dog or cat is suffering from heat stroke, move him to a cooler environment immediately and apply cool water to the abdomen, ears and foot pads. Don’t pour ice water over the whole animal, submerge him in a tub of cold water or cover him in a cold, wet blanket. Once he is stable, get him to a vet as quickly as possible, even if he seems to be cooling down and his temperature seems normal. Things may be happening on the inside that are not obvious from the outside.

Walking a dog in hot weather

If you walk your dog on lead, keep in mind that asphalt can get very hot during the summer. In fact, it can get hot enough to burn a dog’s pads, causing him pain for days. You might want to do only short walks early in the morning or later in the evening, when the temperatures are lower. Before taking your dog for a walk, check the ground for hotness with one of your own hands or bare feet. If you can’t keep your hand (or foot) on the ground for more than three seconds, it’s probably too hot to walk your furry friend. Dogs who are older or overweight, have a thick coat or have a pushed-in nose (such as bulldogs, Boston terriers and pugs) are especially at risk of overheating. On walks, bring water for both you and your pet, or a collapsible bowl if there’s a water source on your route.

Provide water for a dog at all times

Providing water for your dog is always important, but it’s especially critical during hot weather. If your dog is inside during the day, make sure you supply fresh, cool water that remains in a shaded spot throughout the day, since sun coming through a window can heat a bowl of water. Most dogs won’t drink hot water no matter how thirsty they are.

If your dog stays outside during the day, make sure his water bowl isn’t in a place where he will tip it over. Water bowls can be tipped over by dogs trying to make a cool spot to lie down. If necessary, buy a tip-proof water bowl. Also, make sure he has a shady place where he can get relief from the sun. Kiddie pools are a nice way to give dogs their own clean puddle in which to play.

Cats

Cats, of course, also need plenty of cool water during hot weather. White cats can become sunburned if they lay in the sun too long. Even if they’re indoor cats, they can get sunburned through a sunny window.

Rabbits

Rabbits can also be adversely affected by extremes of temperature. To control the temperature of their environment and to keep them safe from predators, rabbits should be kept inside. The temperature inside their houses should not drop below 15 or go above 23 degrees. Heat stroke can occur in a rabbit at 26 degrees.


A little empathy goes a long way in protecting our pets from extreme weather. Basically, if it’s too hot for us to stay comfortable in the car, in the yard or on a walk, it’s even HOTTER for our furry friends. Use your common sense, and don’t kill your pet with stupidity!

Chip’s Progress

So Chip “the almost blind dog” has found a brilliant new home.

Thanks to the generosity of his new Mum and Dad for offering him a forever home. They have done their homework to make life as easy for him as possible (evidently, basil put at different points will stop him bumping into things).

He is managing great. It just warms the heart to see a dog like Chip faring so well!

Kittens!

Here are three wee kitty’s in need of homes. We have 5 in one with one fosterer, three with another, so anyone looking for kittens look no further as we have loads to rehome.

There is also older cats as in up to a year old in Avenue Road Vets looking for their forever home too. Please get in touch if interested.

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Flynn

Flynn, well he is 1 year old, neutered vaccinated and chipped. He has been a family pet since a baby. Now things have changed and he is left alone for long periods so he gets anxious – he needs a new home with
someone at home as much as possible.

He gets on with other animals as you can see from the above photo (yes, that is a rat). Good with children too. He is a mix of breeds possibly whippet/staffie/lab x. So loving, loves cuddles!

Have you a spot on your couch for him?

Sky

Golden Labrador, Female, 18 moths old, her name is Sky. She is a lovely friendly dog and is house trained, gets on with other dogs too. Loves to play as do most labs.

Has to be homed due to change in family situation.

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Milo

Greyhound Milo, this is a retired racer. Unfortunately his owner is no longer able to look after him.

We have had him now a month, he has been out with most dogs with no bother. He loves to come up to the mobile and have lie down in comfort. We have even put an armchair in his kennel!

He goes for short walks comes back and sleeps for hours. He is 10 years old. Has been neutered vaccinated and wormed.

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Izzy

This is Izzy, she is 3 years old, Italian Mastiff. She is a lovely family dog and has been house trained. Due to circumstances the owner just cant give her the time needed.

She loves everyone and has been round children, might suit older one as she is a big girl.

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Mini Marathon 2019

The Louth SPCA are appealing to any prospective participants in this June’s Mini Marathon to consider them us your nominated charity to raise much needed funds for the society.

Louth SPCA cater for all animals domesticated, wild, feathered and furred. We also offer assistance to people who need help with their animals e.g. the elderly and those who may be in ill health.

If you feel you want to nominate our society email info@louthspca.ie

We would really appreciate your support in helping the animals!