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Joey’s Tuesday Tip – The Summer Series

By Scott Lackenby | Dated November 25, 2014

Hey everyone. How are you all? Did you survive the heat of the past few days? I don’t enjoy being a black cat on hot days like we’ve had. But it got me thinking about all the things that can go wrong for us critters when the temperature starts to rise. So, for the next few weeks, I’ll be chatting about some of the more common problems we see during the summer months.

This week will be about a summer problem that can be fatal. And I’m not talking about ticks. Heatstroke is extremely series and is caused by a dramatic rise in body temperature. Most commonly seen in dogs, it can also affect little critters like rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. It’s not only on hot or humid days that animals may be struck down with heatstroke. Dogs left in cars, even on mild days, can also be struck down. Dogs can become overheated from excessive exercise. And dogs who have breathing issues or breeds with short snouts are also at risk.

Unlike you humans, dogs don’t sweat to regulate their body temperature. Instead, they breath heavier and pant. For dogs who already have breathing issues, it can be harder for them to regulate their body temperature. Dogs with pre existing breathing issues need to be watched extra closely when the mercury rises. Breeds like Pugs, Boxers and Staffys, with short snouts, also need to take extra care in the heat.

So what are the signs of heatstroke? Aside from an elevated body temperature, dogs suffering from heatstroke may also persistent panting, agitation, brick red gums, vomiting and muscle tremors. In severe cases, you may notice confusion in your dog, they may have seizures and collapse. If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, you need to start cooling them down and get them to a Vet ASAP. The best way to do this is to wrap or drop them in cool, wet towels, crank the air conditioning in the car and take them to the Vet. Even when their temperature returns to normal, there is still a risk of permanent damage and even death.

Serious stuff, right? So what’s the best way to avoid heatstroke? Firstly, NEVER leave your dog, or any animal, in the car. Even if it’s parked in the shade and the windows are down. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of water. On really hot days, put out an extra water bowl. Ensure outdoor animals have access to plenty of shade. Where possible, move animals inside on really hot days. If you can’t move your bunny or guinea pig inside, place frozen water bottles in their hutch and make sure the hutch is shaded. And avoid walking and exercising your dog in the heat of the middle of the day.

As always, if you have any concerns or questions about your pet, don’t hesitate to call us. We are a 24 hour Vet and are always happy to help. Well, better go. There’s always work to do for this busy Pymble Vet clinic cat! Meows for now, love Joey xoxobulldog-on-ice

Written by Scott Lackenby

Scott joined the team at Gordon Vets in 1999, where he was immediately impressed with the high standard of customer service. Scott is very popular amongst clients for his kind hearted approach to pet care and his great sense of humour. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology and dermatology.

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The Vets are fantastic and so are the support staff. My dogs have been with Gorden Vets for over 10 years.
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11:33 11 Aug 20
Helen was great. Took great care of our dog.
Eve Barratt
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01:17 04 Aug 20
I took our little girl Coco for her very first vet visit yesterday. Dr Helen gave Coco a thoroughly check-up and provided me with useful information as the first time puppy owner. Coco is now enrolled in the puppy school and will return back for her 2nd vaccine in a couple of week!
Claire Turner
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05:21 19 Jul 20
Care & attention for your furry friends second to none.
Kimba
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02:50 09 Jul 20
Dr David and the team have provided real care, support and expertise for our furry family members over 25 years. They've also readily taken in injured wildlife. A great team of Vets and nurses - thanks for all you do!
Jayna Hirani
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03:43 09 Apr 20
Quality care and advice at every visit. The staff are friendly and informative and genuinely care about your pets. I am 100% confident that my cat and dog always receive the best pet healthcare and as pet parents that's all we want.
Marianne Broeng
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23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
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00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
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23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
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Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
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20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
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06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
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05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
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22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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01:52 04 Sep 18
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Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
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03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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