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Pets in the Heat

Pets in the Heat

Cases of heatstroke in the region have prompted calls for pet owners to be vigilant

Pet owners have been urged to look out for the signs of heat stroke in their furry friends, as temperatures in the Southern Riverina remain in the mid-30s for most of this week.

Deniliquin Veterinary Clinic's John Anstee said cases are more common at this temperature than during warmer days.

"When it gets to 40 there's a lot of awareness with owners and they're vigilant about keeping pets cool," he said.

"When it's that muggy 35, some dogs are out working, other dogs are left outside or in vehicles and they're the real risk areas."

There are simple ways to ensure pets are protected from the heat.

"Plenty of fresh water, keep them inside under the air-con if that's possible - not being too complacent," Dr Anstee said.

He said brachycephalic dogs - ones with squished noses and facial abnormalities - are more at risk, but all dogs can experience overheating.

"In the mid-30s we can handle it, we can continue working out in the heat, but it's a completely different story for your work dogs and those breeds that are really at risk."

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The clinic has seen a number of preventable cases over the summer period, including one dog who had innocently been left in the yard.

"He had only been outside for a two hour period when the owners weren't home so it happened really quickly," Dr Anstee recalled.

"It's oxygenation through it's body was really low and that's really dangerous because if they starve their brain and vital organs of oxygen we can get secondary damages from there."

More information on protecting pets from heat can be found on the Deni Vet website.

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