Loulou makes short work of an ice cream with owner Grant
Walker on Victoria Rd yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Dogs are dying and suffering heat stress as people fail
to consider their pets' susceptibility to hot weather.
Unlike humans, dogs wore their coats all year round and did
not sweat, so they were at greater risk of heat stress, SPCA
chief inspector Virginia Pine said. Dogs should not be taken
for runs in hot weather, or left in cars, even for short
''Dogs should not be in cars unless it's to go to the vet or
a short trip.''
A dog's method of cooling itself was by panting or releasing
saliva, and heat stress could kill it. In Central Otago, two
dogs had died after being plunged into the Clutha River to
relieve their heat stress after being taken for runs, she
Immersion in cold water caused heart problems for dogs, which
ultimately killed them.
''Do not immerse dogs in cold water.
''Put it in the shade, give it water and place a wet towel
over the dog or spray it with tepid water.''
If there was still concern about the animal's welfare, it
should be taken it to the vet immediately, she said.
In Dunedin the SPCA was receiving at least two calls a day
from people concerned about dogs being left in cars.
It was at least 10degC or more warmer in a car than outside
and without water, it compounded the stress for dogs.
People needed to ensure their pets had enough shade and
clean, fresh water.