Erinne Branter, a practicing veterinarian and one of the owners of WAVES hospital, said hot weather poses a major risk to dogs. (Photo courtesy of Erinne Branter)

Avoid giving dogs ice cubes, says Greater Victoria vet

Tips for keeping dogs cool and safe this summer

Keeping your dog cool when the temperature climbs is key to your canine companion’s health.

“Without a doubt, heatstroke can be fatal,” said Dr. Erinne Branter, a practicing veterinarian and one of the owners of WAVES (West Coast Animal Veterinarian Emergency Specialty) hospital in Langford.

“It’s incredibly important to guard against it. Once it sets in, it can be irreversible.”

Some of the measures Branter stressed to prevent issues during hot weather is to avoid taking dogs for walks on days when the temperature rises above 25 C. Anything above that can be a problem, depending on wind, shade and other factors.

“If you’re hot, your pets are hot, and they don’t have the cooling capacity humans have. We have a climate that’s conducive to walking most of the time, so avoiding walks for a few days when it’s hot is not an issue.”

ALSO READ: Rottweiler found roaming Campbell River landfill gets emergency knee surgery

Cool early morning and evenings are the best time to take dogs for a walk.

The optimum solution is to keep dogs in a cool environment so they don’t get too hot. Cooler, room temperature water is ideal. Applying water gently on their muzzle and paws is a good way to help cool them down. And, they shouldn’t be fed until they have cooled off, Branter said.

“If you notice they can’t cool or seem lethargic after a walk, you should see a vet,” she stressed.

It’s also important to avoid giving dogs ice cubes, Branter said. “It’s similar to giving them to a young child. They could chip a tooth or choke.”

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Dogs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sooke councillor pitches another way to improve transit

Coun. Jeff Bateman wants free passes for youth on local routes

Break and enters have doubled this year in Victoria

VicPD is warning residents to take precautions after huge increase from 2019

‘It’s a boy’: Southern Resident killer whale calf born to J Pod is healthy, researchers say

J35 had previously done a ‘Tour of Grief,’ carrying her dead calf for 17 days

West Shore RCMP searching for missing Langford man

The 59-year-old man was last seen Aug. 23 and was reported missing to police Sept. 20

Saanich police searching for high-risk missing man

The 35-year-old was last seen at his Saanich residence on Sept. 15

Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech

Canadian labour market was hammered by pandemic, when lockdowns in the spring led to a loss of 3 million jobs

Cops for Cancer: COVID-19 can’t stop Tour de Rock

‘having the chance to come back and ride this year means everything to me’

People ‘disgusted’ by COVID-19 election call, B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson speaks to municipal leaders from Victoria

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Horgan blasts B.C. Greens for refusing youth overdose detention

Lack of support key to B.C. election call, NDP leader says

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Sept. 22

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS

Grand jury indicts police officer in Breonna Taylor death

Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment

Most Read