As the heat continues in the southeast, people and pets alike are looking for ways to stay cool. 

"A good rule of thumb," explained Sarah Betnar veterinarian technician and practise manager at the Prairie Animal Health Centre in Estevan, "is that if it is too hot for you, it's too hot for your pets. Some animals do acclimatize to it if they are primarily outdoors and they find places to cool off. You see a lot of farm dogs that swim all the time and that's what they're doing, is using that water to cool off."

Pet owners should keep an eye out for the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Primarily we see excessive panting. They might be less responsive when you talk to them. Thier eyes kind of glaze over and they drool a lot."

In extreme cases, Betnar says that the animal becomes lethargic and collapse and even have seizures.

"The first thing to do is to move them to a shaded or cool area. If possible, if you have a thermometer, take their temperature. If their temperature is over 39.5oC, you need to call your veterinarian.

She added that if they are responsive, you can cool them down by taking them for a swim or place cool wet towels on their neck, armpits, and between their legs and give them plenty of water. 

"Entice them with some nice cool water. If you need to put a bit of low sodium chicken broth in there to make it a little more tasty so they drink more."

On the especially hot days, Betnar shared to take care walking your dogs on the pavement.

"They don't wear shoes obviously so their feet aren't protected."

Putting your palm on the roadway is a good way to test whether or not it is too hot for your dog's feet.  

"If it's too hot for you to hold your palm there, it's too hot for your pets to walk on it."

Also, talk to your groomer about giving your dog a summer haircut. However, don't shave it too far as dogs can get a sunburn just as easily as their owners. 

More Local News

Busy Docket For City Council

From the conditions of the streets and highways in southeast Saskatchewan, to the amount of money councillors and the mayor recieve, a number of major topics were discussed at council last night.…

Road Bans Come Into Affect

As of midnight Sunday night, road bans are officially on for the grid roads in the RM of Estevan, as well as Benson and Coalfields. Vehicles over 12,000lbs are barred from driving on all grid roads…

There Was A 78% Increase In Workplace Fatalities Last Year According To WCB

The Workers Compensation Board of Saskatchewan has released some of there injury and fatality numbers for the year 2018. While the ten-year average has seen a steady decline in the number of…

The B&T Gun Show Back For Its 6th Year

One could make the argument that the safest place in Estevan was at the B&T Gun Show this weekend. The Floors were jam-packed with hunters, sportsmen, and enthusiasts. The Wylie Mitchell Hall was…

Southeast College to Implement Business Management Essentials Program

Southeast College has plans to implement a Business Management Essentials program. Dion McGrath, President, and CEO of Southeast College shared some highlights of their plans in a media release on…

Changes That Simplify Payments To Foster Parents

The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is applauding the Saskatchewan Government's announcement that they will simplify the payment structure for foster families. Currently, foster families…

Autism Funding Comes Up Short

With the recently released budget, the provincial government bumped the number of funding families with children with autism under the age of six receive. The funding is being increased from $4,000 a…

Envision Counseling Get's A Boost With Budget

In the 2019-20 Provincial Budget, it will include a strong focus on mental health. Funding for targeted mental health and addictions initiatives ins increasing by nearly $30 million in this budget to…

C.U.P.E Not Happy With The Provincial Budget

With the provincial budget released on Wednesday, there were cheers and boos from all corners of the province, one group that has almost nothing good to say about the budget is the Canadian Union of…

EPS Deal With Multiple Calls Last Night

The Estevan Police Service had another steady night last night with issues ranging from assault to theft there was no shortage of work for the boys in blue. Sgt. Tyler McMillan gave us some of the…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login