With warm temperatures expected over the next number of days, the IGB is reminding greyhound owners and trainers on how to ensure your greyhound receives the best care during the warm weather.
Welfare Manager with the Irish Greyhound Board, Barry Coleman, commented: “Hot weather can cause ‘heat stress’ in greyhounds. High humidity will increase the risk. A greyhound loses heat mainly by evaporating water from moisture from the lungs, airway and mouth by panting. Heat loss also occurs to a much lesser extent via the skin and through the excretion of urine, faeces and saliva. These methods of controlling body temperatures in dogs are normally very efficient but if outside temperatures are too high then the main heat control mechanism of panting is not sufficient to keep the dog’s body temperature within the normal range 38-39 degrees centigrade.”
As detailed in IGB’s Code of Practice in the Care & Welfare of the Greyhound, the owner/trainer of a greyhound is responsible for the animal’s welfare. The principles which underpin best welfare practice apply at all times but some take on a greater urgency during hot weather.
Further information on how to look after your greyhound during particularly warm weather can be found here.