April 9th 2016
Sri Lanka is experiencing a prolonged heatwave and its not just people that are suffering heatstroke
Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body’s temperature in a safe range. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5°F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106ºF) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.
Please ensure your pets have 24 hour access to fresh clean water and shade / cool area / fan or ac area with the freedom to move out of the sun / heat. In the afternoons when my own dog is feeling the heat I wet a towel with cold water he lays under that.
Community ( street ) dogs really need our help as well , so we are providing water to dogs in our village and also carrying bowls and water bottles in our car to give to dogs in need.
Yesterday on the way back from a spay neuter clinic we rescued a young pup we have called Rylie from the side of the road in tempurtures of nearly 40 degrees , he was totally and utterly terrified of us but so thirsty he risked coming close to drink from Marks hand.
After a few minutes with Mark talking to him gently he started to relax and allowed Mark to touch him and then he was able to pick him up , we drove Rylie straight to a local team members house where he drank a further 2 bowls of water , this video captured his rescue and the heartbreaking first moments when we discovered just how thirsty he was 🙁
In 2013 Toby a 5 year little boy from the UK wrote to me as part of his plan to write to every UN Country in the world
Toby is now aged 8 and a published author , our letter exchange and those to many other countries are now in his lovely book Dear World, how are you ? which was released yesterday in Hardback and on Kindle