With the heat wave the country is expecting this week we are strongly advising festival goers who had planned to bring their dogs along to Lakefest to reconsider this year.
We appreciate that the festival has always been advertised as dog friendly but with the temperatures expected this week we feel its best for your dogs safety to stay home and owners find alternative arrangements.
We understand that it might not be possible for owners to change plans at this short notice!
SweetPea’s team Claire and Lucy who are both Veterinary Nurses are attending again this year and will be having their dog enrichment area which will be free for dogs to use.
There will be several paddling pools and shaded areas away from the crowds and music for owners to let their dogs chill and relax.
They will also have a variety of cooling products such as bandanas, coats and toys for sale on their stall.
Tips on keeping your dog cool….
1. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water always available. Adding ice cubes will help
2. Provide adequate ventilation
3. Avoid exercising dogs in the heat of the day. Especially dogs that have heart or lung problems and brachycephalic breeds. These breeds include French bulldogs, pugs, english bull dogs, boxers, shih tzu, boston terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Pekingese, Dog de Bordeaux etc
4. Provide shade throughout the day
5. Never leave a dog in a car or vehicle during warm weather
6. Monitor for for signs of early heat stroke
7. Any concerns, contact a vet practice immediately
Heat stroke in dogs is very serious and here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.
- Fast breathing/difficulty breathing
- Lethargy (low energy)
- Foaming at the mouth
- Bright red gums/very pale gums
- Weakness and collapse
- Vomiting with blood
- Diarrhoea with blood
If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke you need to call the local vets immediately and inform them of your concerns. Move them to a shaded area. and offer them water to drink. DO NOT cover your dog with a wet towel, instead slowly pour tepid water over your dog. NOT ICE COLD WATER. If possible place a fan nearby to create a breeze.
PLEASE BE AWARE THERE ARE NO VETS ON SITE.