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  • Northside East

Charity cancels its fundraiser due to heatwave 

Monday, 9th July, 2018 8:00am
Charity cancels  its fundraiser  due to heatwave 

Stout, an Irish Blue Cross friend, enjoying a cooling paddle in the water at Rathfarnham Park.

Charity cancels  its fundraiser  due to heatwave 

Stout, an Irish Blue Cross friend, enjoying a cooling paddle in the water at Rathfarnham Park.

AN animal welfare charity postponed a fundraiser in north county Dublin last weekend due to the  weather.

The Irish Blue Cross was due to hold its ‘Bark in the Park’ sponsored dog walk last Sunday (July 8) at Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan.

However, the charity took the decision in light of the high temperatures while also urging pet owners to be aware of how excessive heat affects their pet.

Supporters of the charity have been registering to take part in the annual series of family fun days, raising sponsorship money to support the work of the charity.  

The charity has assured supporters that the event will be hosted later in the year when it is cooler and safer to do so.

In a statement, a spokesperson for The Irish Blue Cross said: “We’re very disappointed to be postponing our event and to have to disappoint so many people who have been looking forward to it, but we feel that this is the right decision to take.

“As an animal welfare charity, we are acutely aware of the risks to dogs who are susceptible to heatstroke so hosting an event which encourages dog owners to bring their pets out in excessive temperatures is not something we could do. 

“We’re currently exploring a new date and we’ll be announcing that very soon.”

The charity, which provides charitable veterinary services in Dublin, has seen several dogs presenting with signs of heatstroke and exhaustion at their clinics over the past number of weeks. Una O’Toole, Head of Veterinary Services with The Irish Blue Cross, said: “Preventing heatstroke rather than treating it is of upmost important as once a dog showing signs of exhaustion or heatstroke, often the damage is already done.  

“It’s crucial for pet owners to be alert to the risk and take appropriate measures to prevent it.

“Some dogs may be more susceptible than others, such as short nose breeds like Pugs and Boxers, dogs with underlying conditions, overweight or older dogs. Missing a few walks in extreme temperatures won’t be fatal, but heatstroke can be.”

The Irish Blue Cross is urging all pet owners to be aware of how excessive heat affects their pet and be aware of the tell-tale signs. Some practical tips it recommends are: 

• Keep dogs safe and cool indoors for as much of the day as possible but particularly when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm,

• Limit your pet’s exercise or playtime outdoors and only during cooler times of the day such as very early morning or late evening, providing your pet is in good health,

• Make sure your dog has access to plenty of clean water at all times and always carry water for your dog on walks,

• As a rule, if a path is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for dogs’ paws

• Watch for signs of exhaustion like heavy panting, dribbling, loss of energy or collapse,

• If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cooler area indoors or into the shade and wet their coat with cool water. Contact your local vet immediately, and

• Never use freezing water to cool a dog as this can cause their temperature to drop too quickly and this can lead to shock. Details for the remaining events can be found at www.barkinthepark.ie ;

 

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