Even if the temperature doesn’t say it’s too hot, the heat can easily catch up with your dog and cause heat stroke. The signs for heat stroke are sudden, but prevention is easy. There are some simple procedures we practice to insure safety and health.
Just like humans, dogs can get heatstroke when their body temperatures climb past 103 degrees Fahrenheit; and their normal cooling tools aren’t enough to get the dog’s temperature back to normal (101-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit).
So if the temperature, factoring in humidity, goes above 120 or the humidity level is over 75%, use extreme caution when exercising your dog.
TIPS TO PREVENT HEATSTROKE:
- Be watchful, you dog does not necessarily have to be exercising to get heat stroke.
- Always have water available. NOTE: metal bowls will heat up the water if in the sun.
- Try playing with your dog in a kiddie pool to cool down.
- Don’t walk during the hottest part of the day.
- Allow your dog rest during walks if you notice they are sluggish.
- Bring frozen water bottles on walks to wrap around your dog.
- Judge how hot the pavement is; if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Dog’s paws can get burned which is not only painful but affects how they cool themselves off naturally.
|· Move your dog to a cool area.|
|· Take their temperature.|
· Pour water on their neck, stomach, back, and feet.
|· Fan them.|
|· Bring them to the vet.|
Short-nosed dogs (pug, bulldog, Pekingese, boxer, etc.) are at higher risk of overheating. Be especially mindful if you have these breads – do not exercise if the temperatures are too hot!
· Use ice water to cool them down, it could shock them.
· Don’t make them drink water if they can’t. Often this is a sign of overheating.
|· Leave them alone.|
|· Panic. Be calm and efficient.|
Even if these tips are practiced, it is important to recognize the signs of heatstroke if they occur. On walks or at home by on the lookout for:
|· Rapid breathing||· Lagging behind|
|· Bright or dark red tongue||· Red or pale gums|
|· Thick, sticky saliva||· Shock|
|· Depression||· Weakness|
|· Dizziness||· Stumbling|
|· Vomiting||· Diarrhea|
When it is prevalent it is heat stroke you must act fast. Every minute counts when it comes to your dog. If you can or it is necessary, take your dog to the vet. But there are also some home remedies you can do to make your dog more comfortable.
At West Hartford Pet Sitters, when walking your dog we are always mindful of heatstroke and prepared to take care of the situation. We hope that you too now can prevent and protect your dog from the dangers of heat stroke.