The heat can kill your pet

Sunday’s heat wave was a taste of what to expect of this coming summer. Forty degree days are likely to be common through the holiday season.

A heat wave can kill a dog. Heat exhaustion can overcome an animal easily and quickly so it is important owners take the necessary steps to protect the animal from over heating.

RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Magdoline Awad explained for Crossfire how quickly the situation can become fatal and how to prevent it.

Signs of heat stroke: Incessant panting, fatigue, vomiting

Keeping the pets cool: Provide pets with a cool, shaded area, adequate ventilation and air flow, provide fresh water, bring animals indoors, do not exercise animals in hot conditions.

Do not leave your dog in a vehicle.

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