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    Please be prepared and extremely careful with your pets during this heatwave.

    I was at my vet's today picking up a rescue bub after his vetwork and a female dog was rushed in by her owners suffering heat stroke. She was unconscious and in critical condition.

    Within moments a young woman rushed in with her pet ferret (who was her best friend) who was also suffering from heat stroke and unconscious. They worked franticly to save her but as i was leaving i heard the womans blood curdling screams and distress as she died in her arms.

    Make sure your animals are inside with you (in aircon if you have it), have plenty of fresh cold water and add ice cubes, use wet towels and fans if you need to....just make sure they are with you, cool and well.

    Snakes are also of enormous concern during this weather...I supervise all of the dogs while outside and site the yard beforehand.
    Sadly i also have a long handled shovel at the back door just incase (i hate killing anything, but will for the kids and animals if i have to)

    Bushfires are something to be thought of as well. Keeping your animals inside is the safest course of action if you need to escape a fire as they often panic and hide.

    Please be careful and take good care...

    B

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    That's terrible Billy

    I would like to also add - do not take your pets outside during the day, unless for a very quick wee. Sudden changes of temperatures (from cool airconed house to the heat outside) are really bad, even for us people, can cause heat attacks, heat stroke and dizziness. If you can, live one room without carpet, or have some place that has tiles/parquetry available for your pet to cool.

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    Hi Fedra,

    It was truly shocking...I am unable to get the screams and distress out of my head.

    Importantly these animals were not left in cars, it was simply the heat at home during high temps and they were left out doors.

    We have had high temps here again and i have had a house full to say the least.

    All my plans have been cancelled as it is just too dangerous atm.

    Please be careful guys and always air on the side of caution.

    There are particular breeds who are sensitive to heat such as the gorgeous Grey's and whippets, the brachy breeds (shorter the nose the more prone) and then the older bubs, puppies, unwell dogs and those with black coats who attract the heat. My own dogs are all incredibly fit and healthy though they are all inside with us regardless along with the rescues.

    The female dog in my OP is now conscious and getting through slowly though she has a long road ahead. Once she has recovered testing will beging on the damage done to her major organs which shut down during her trauma.

    Will keep you updated..
    B

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