A warning to all dog-owners this summer: Furious Aussie slams beach-goers for one ‘irresponsible’ act – and worried vets agree with him
- A man has called out pet owners who leave their dogs unattended at the beach
- He shared images online of two dogs tied up with their owners no where in sight
- The beachgoer said he has seen small dogs fall over the wall while tied up
- Vet Dr Bronwyn Orr warned against leaving dog alone especially in hot weather
- She said owners should be aware of signs of heat stroke as summer approaches
- Dr Bronwyn said if you must bring your dog to the beach ensure it is pet friendly
An Australian man has slammed ‘irresponsible pet owners’ for tying up their dogs while they go for a swim.
Posting to Facebook, the Bronte resident shared images he took at the weekend of two dogs tied to a fence by the sand with their owners nowhere in sight.
While the man said he did not want to pass judgement, he did want to remind dog owners tying animals up unattended is no way to treat their pets.
‘It is not cool. Not fair on your dog… Not fair on the rest of the beachgoers,’ they wrote.
Australian Veterinary Association president Dr Bronwyn Orr agreed and told Yahoo the post should act as a reminder of the dangers leaving dogs in the heat can cause we the weather warms up.
A disgruntled beachgoer, from Sydney, has slammed pet owners for leaving their dogs tied up and unattended while they go for a swim
Australian vet Dr Bronwyn Orr said the post is a reminder to owners not to leave their dogs alone at the beach on hot days as they could suffer from heat stroke (stock image)
Signs and symptoms of heat stroke in dog
The early signs of heat stroke dogs will exhibit include, some or all of the following:
- High body temperature
- Restlessness or agitation
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
- Drooling, often very thick saliva
- Change in gum colour (dark red, pale, purple, or blue)
As the condition worsens, signs and symptoms progress to include:
- Vomiting or diarrhoea (possibly with blood)
- Increased heart rate Lethargy or collapse
- Dizziness – are they struggling to walk in a straight line?
- Muscle tremors
It’s not known how long the pets were tied up for or what their owners were doing but the disgruntled dog lover said he had seen instances like this before.
He said he had witnessed some small dogs slip through the gaps of the fence they were tied to and fall off the edge of the wall on more than one occasion.
‘Luckily both dogs survived but could have been a different story if it wasn’t for the quick surfer dude just dropping everything to rescue the dog,’ he recalled.
Dr Bronwyn, who often works in emergency vet clinics, said dogs need more supervision that humans who can make decisions on their own to avoid potential risks like heat stroke.
She does not recommend owners leave their dogs unattended especially if it is hot and they have no access to shade or water.
The animal doctor said if you’re struggling with the heat, your dog most likely is too.
‘Heat stress is one of those things where it can sometimes be quite frustrating because a lot of the time it’s preventable,’ she said.
‘Every year dogs die from heat stress, so it’s just something for people to be aware of.’
Owners should be aware of signs of heat stress or heat stroke including excessive panting, rapid breathing, drooling, lying down or collapsing, or red gums.
Dr Bronwyn suggests if you want to go to the beach and take your pup along, ensure it is an animal friendly spot so you can take them on the sand with you
She said while all dogs can suffer heat stroke, some will struggle more than others like those who are brachycephalic as they can’t regulate their temperatures well due to their short snouts.
Dr Bronwyn suggests if you want to go to the beach and take your pup along, ensure it is an animal friendly spot so you can take them on the sand with you.
‘If you aren’t able to do that, then I think the reality is it’s probably best that they just stay home, it’ll be a lot safer, and they won’t be at risk of getting heatstroke,’ she said.
How do I treat my dog if I think they have heat stroke?
Heat stroke is a serious life-threatening condition, which requires immediate treatment to increase the chances of survival.
If you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke and is showing any of the above signs or symptoms, follow these steps and immediately see a vet:
- Remove your dog from the hot environment
- Gradually lower your dog’s body temperature by wetting them down with a hose or bucket (avoiding their face), a fan blowing over damp skin will help in evaporative cooling.
- Do not wrap a wet towel around them as it will trap the heat trying to escape
- Don’t use ice baths (this can cool them too rapidly and cause constriction of the blood vessels lowering their cooling ability)
- Wetting down the areas around your dog can also help in lowering the ambient temperature
- Offer water
- See a vet immediately. Even if your pet looks to be recovering or you only suspect they have heat stroke, it is important to see a vet.