Dogs are praying for shade too!
Heatstroke In Dogs is more common than most people believe, remember the other month when the weather was nice and mild and you could spend all day in the park with your dog?
You used to get home after the walk and you go to make a cuppa and the dog goes to the bin searching for something while your back was turned, well not this summer!
As we know this July and August are the hottest months of the year with record temperatures reaching 40c predicted in some parts of the UK this year and a great many of us will be melting
( well i sure will be ).
It might come as a surprise to some dog owners that their favorite friends are unable to regulate their body heat very well and this can lead to heatstroke in dogs.
Dogs rely on the only part of their bodies that has sweat glands, the small surface area that is the pads on their four feet.
Panting is the second way dogs regulate their body temperature. With only these two ways to dump excess body heat it is upon us the owners to ensure you dogs are kept cool.
Avoid walking your dog just before noon or just after as this is generally the hottest part of the day and always carry a handy portable water dispenser or travel bowl.
When taking your dog in the car remember to leave the windows open, one on either side to allow good air movement but not open enough that your dog can escape and consider using a window vent attachment but do not leave your dog to long in the car.
Dogs can suffer from heat stroke and as a responsible pet owner you should know the warning Signs which are below.
Heatstroke in dogs, How to tell if your dog is suffering.
Heatstroke in dogs can often be spotted early as your dog can display one or more signs from the list below:
• Rapid panting
• Bright red tongue
• Red or pale gums
• Thick, sticky saliva
• Vomiting – can sometimes contain blood
Home treatment for Heatstroke in dogs.
Remove your dog from the hot area at once. Before to taking him to your vet, lower his body temperature by wetting him thoroughly with cool water and for very small dogs like terriers etc use lukewarm water.
To improve quicker heat reduction increase air movement on your dog by using a fan. Be mindful that using very cold water can actually cause your dog to go into shock so cooling too quickly and allowing your dogs body temperature to become too low can cause other fatal medical conditions.
The rectal ( the rear end ) temperature should be checked every 5-10 minutes. Once the body temperature is 39.4ºC your dog has reached normal body temperature and the cooling measures should be stopped and your dog should be dried thoroughly and covered so his body temperature remains stable.
Even if your dog looks to be recovering, take him to your vet as soon as possible. He should still be checked out since he may be dehydrated.
Allow your dog access to water or a re hydrating solution ( which can be found in local Pet Shops, Chemists and Supermarkets like Tesco, OK Asda do them too but I don’t like Asda ) if the dog can drink on his own.
Heatstroke in dogs if it is not severe can be treated successfully at home however, if the steps above do not improve your dogs condition then contact your Vet at once.
For more information check out the PDSA guide to Pet Health.
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