Member for Morphett and veterinarian of over 20 years Dr Duncan McFetridge urges dog owners to take proper care of their pets with temperatures expected to exceed forty degrees for the remainder of the week.
“We have all heard horrific stories about dogs dying in cars on moderately sunny days and all dog owners should remember their pets need fresh air to cool themselves down,” Dr McFetridge said.
“Leaving your dog in the car for just six minutes can cause heat stroke, brain damage and death. Even when the temperature outside is 26 degrees, a sealed car can reach a fatal 42 degrees in no time.”
The RSPCA advises that if you see a pet left unattended in a car or hot shed and it appears to be suffering, call the Police or RSPCA immediately rather than trying to interfere yourself.
“Older dogs and dogs with short noses or long coats are particularly at risk. Cats can also suffer heat stroke in hot environments,” Dr McFetridge said.
“As a general rule, if you are distressed by the heat then you can be confident your pets are even more so.
“Always ensure your pets have access to copious quantities of cool clean drinking water that is shielded from the hot sun and accidental tip over.”
Dr McFetridge also urges dog owners to be especially careful in walking or exercising their dogs on hot days.
“Walking your dog on hot concrete or bitumen is cruel. As a general rule, if it hurts you then it hurts them too,” Dr McFetridge said.