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19th Jul 2022

Fur real: Some tips on keeping your precious doggo safe in this heatwave

Rebecca O'Keeffe

Keep them safe during the heatwave!

As temperatures rise in Ireland this week, the ISPCA is sharing some tips and advice to help keep your pets safe during the hot weather.

ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray said:

“We all love the summer sunshine, but please plan in advance if you are bringing your pet anywhere with you in hot weather ensuring they won’t be left in a hot car for any length of time.”

“Avoid walking your dog during intense heat, early morning or evening walks is always best when it’s cooler.”

“If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.  Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun.”


Carmel added:

“If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet.”

“It is important to know the signs of overheating such as increased heart rate with excessive panting and drooling, drowsy or out of sorts, vomiting or diarrhoea”.

The ISPCA would also like to remind pet owners that ‘dogs can die if left in hot cars’.

Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine.

By leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.

Please mind your furry friends during this heatwave.