As warmer weather draws closer, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging owners and pet professionals to take precautions against the heat.
The BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey found that 48 percent of the vets questioned had treated animals for heat related conditions during summer 2014.
36 percent of small or mixed practice vets had seen cases of heat stroke. 7 percent had seen cases of fly strike and an equal number treated skin conditions.
John Blackwell, President of the BVA, said: ‘As it gets hotter this summer, all owners need to think about taking simple steps to ensure their pets are happy and healthy during the warm weather.
‘Most people know that dogs should never be left in cars by themselves, even when the day is warm as opposed to hot, but it can be tempting to ignore advice if you think you won’t be gone for long.
‘Leaving the car windows open and a bowl of water is not enough. As a dog can only cool down through its tongue and paw pads, it cannot react quickly enough to cope with the rapidly rising heat inside a car.
‘Dogs are also vulnerable to heatstroke while out with their owners. I see animals in my practice every summer that have overheated while out walking or exercising. A dog won’t stop enjoying itself because it is hot, so it’s up to the owner to stop the animal before it suffers.’
Pet professionals can find more information to share with their customers at www.bva.co.uk.