Hot dogs! Not the delicious kind (the dangerous kind..)
|June 8, 2011||Posted by woofhausen under Uncategorized|
The heat is rising and feels like it will be a hot summer! And our little pug does not tolerate heat or humidity very well (see side pic). Even though our flat face buddy overheats easily, we know that other dogs at times can get overheated as well, especially as the weather warms up. Heat stroke in your pet is dangerous and can cause death.
When your dog’s body temperature climbs above 41 Celsius, the body dehydrates and can lead to organ failure (and then death) if the temperature is not brought back down to the normal state.
Be on the watch for signs of your dog getting a little too hot. They maybe be having too much fun in play and chase, or so focused on pleasing you (say if you are doing outdoor activities together), they do not realize their little bodies are bubbling to a dangerous temperature.
How do you know when your dog is overheating?
Here are some signs:
- Fast and profuse panting
- Thick drool (more than usual)
- Glassy eyes or disoriented look
- Stumbling or lacking coordination
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Coma (extreme)
And to cool down…
- Give cool water to drink every few minutes
- Sponge cool water to head and tummy areas
- Bring dog indoors to air-conditioned space
- Put dog in cool water (not cold)
- Fan the dog (especially during humid and stagnant air days)
Ways to prevent dog overheating:
- Never leave your dog in your car, even on mild days. It gets toasty!!
- Bring water with you always to parks and play sessions
- Find shaded spots on patios if you are taking your dog out for a brunch/lunch
- Incorporate breaks in outdoor activities in shaded areas (shaded grassy areas great place to cool off).
And if you see a dog in need, do step in. Sometimes everyone one just needs a reminder or an extra pair of eyes at the dog park. Have a safe and fun filled summer!