Posted 3 months ago ago
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When the sun is beating down on the garden, it can be tempting to sprinkle the hose pipe on your doggo to cool them down - and if they’re anything like my dogs, they blooming love it!
But this well-meaning act of kindness to help your canine companion beat the heat could prove dangerous.
The fire service has warned that the water in your hose pipe could reach temperatures of up to 60C after being exposed to direct sunlight while laid on your lawn or patio - hot enough to burn your dog, or a child.
To help keep your pet safe, Vets Now suggest running your garden hose for a few minutes before letting your furry friend play with the sprinkler.
Dave Leicester, head of telehealth at Vets Now, said: “Please make sure to run your garden hose for a few minutes before using it for your pets.
“The fire brigade has warned that when garden hoses are exposed to direct sunlight, the water inside can heat to between 55 - 60 degrees celsius, which can seriously burn both children and animals.
“Burn damage to dogs can range from mild, superficial injuries that heal quickly, to severe, full-thickness burns that can be life-threatening.
“Whatever the circumstances, you should always contact a vet for advice as the sooner treatment is started the better.”
If the worst should happen and your dog suffers a burn injury, you should always seek veterinary care - but there are some things you can do at home first.
Dave said: “Burn injury should always be treated by a vet, but, as a first aid measure, your vet may advise in the case of scalding from hot water, that cold water or wet, cold and clean towels should be applied to the burnt area if the burn is fresh.
“If the burn-damaged skin is cool to the touch it may indicate that the blood supply is compromised, which will increase the risk of infection, so use clean, and preferably sterile, dressings.
“Severely damaged skin, away from the head, may be wrapped in cling-film before dressings are applied to keep the tissue moist and prevent the dressing adhering painfully to the skin. Creams, oils and gels should never be applied unless your vet specifically recommends them.
“If the affected skin is hairy, you might not be able to see obvious signs of a burn. But one of the first things you might notice is your dog displaying typical signs of pain.
“Other signs of burns and scalds to look out for include raised, red, blistered or inflamed patches of skin, or the skin may be dry, cracked or weeping. Fur overlying burns might sit differently, and your pet may show behavioural changes associated with pain or anxiety.
“Whatever signs you have identified, if you’re worried that your dog has been burnt it’s always best to contact your vet for advice, even if you think it is mild.
“Burn injuries may continue to develop for hours or even days after the initial insult is removed and the sooner you seek veterinary attention the better.
“If you’re checking for signs of burns on your dog you should always be aware of your own safety. Be careful if you are touching your dog as they may react aggressively if they are in pain, and never touch the wound itself,” Dave added.