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Dogs Trust sets up pool for rescue dogs ahead of heatwave

Dogs Trust Ireland has installed a swimming pool to keep the 211 rescue dogs currently in its care cool ahead of a heat wave forecast for this weekend.

The charity has also issued safety advice for pet owners as temperatures soar this summer, warning that dogs cannot cool down in the same way as humans and are therefore relying on us to protect them during the sunnier seasons.

Leaving a dog alone in a car on a hot day for a few minutes can prove fatal, the charity has warned, with temperatures inside rising from 22 to 33 degrees in just 10 minutes.

Emma cools off at the Dogs Trust in Finglas, where the association has installed a swimming pool. Photo: Fran Veale

Emma cools off at the Dogs Trust in Finglas, where the association has installed a swimming pool. Photo: Fran Veale

“Contrary to what some people believe, parking in the shade and leaving the windows rolled down does little to keep temperatures down, so please never endanger your dog’s life.” , added the charity.

Dogs Trust has also warned that young puppies, older dogs, overweight dogs or dogs with flatter faces are at an even higher risk of heatstroke in hot weather.

Common signs of heat stroke include uncoordinated movements or collapse, altered or loss of consciousness, loss of vision, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, coma, or bleeding.

Niamh Curran Kelly, veterinarian and welfare manager at Dogs Trust, said: “If you suspect your dog may be suffering from heat stroke, please contact a local vet as soon as possible.

“It is essential that you do this as quickly as possible to give your dog the best chance of recovery.

Jessie is cooling off at the Dogs Trust in Finglas, where the charity has installed a swimming pool to keep its resident dogs cool. Photo: Fran Veale

“Move your dog to a cool, shaded area and call the vet on speakerphone. Describe your dog’s symptoms and tell him that you think he may be suffering from heat stroke.

“When visiting the vet, drive with the windows down or the air conditioning on – this should help lower your dog’s core temperature.

“If you have to wait for transport to the vet, try encouraging your dog to drink small amounts of room temperature water if he’s alert, and gently pour small amounts of cool water over his body.

“The main goal of treating heatstroke is to bring your dog’s body temperature down to normal as soon as possible, but not so quickly that you put him into shock.”

Five second test

Ciara Byrne, communications manager at Dogs Trust, advised dog owners to avoid bringing their pets outside during the hottest hours of the day.

“While most of us relish the thought of getting out for a day of fun in the sun, our dogs may actually be happier and safer at home where they can stay cool,” he said. she stated.

“The best option for your furry friend is to take him out early in the morning before the real heat of the day sets in, or later in the evening when he cools down again.

“If you’re going to walk on tarmac, try the ‘five-second test’; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Also be sure to bring plenty of fresh, cool water with you to keep your dog hydrated and don’t forget to stop for breaks in shaded areas as well.

“At home, make sure your dog has places where he can relax in the shade, both indoors and outdoors, and that he has access to water at all times. moment. If you’re planning an adventure with your dog, make sure they’re welcome first, as some parks and beaches unfortunately have restrictions for dogs at certain times of the year.”

You can visit DogsTrust.ie/CoolToBeKind for more information on how to keep dogs cool during the summer months.