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Heat Stroke in Dogs
in dogs is a true emergency situation that occurs when the dogs’ body temperature becomes extremely high and
can cause your beloved pet’s DEATH within minutes!
Do You Know The Symptoms?
It is really important to know how to prevent and how to deal with dog heat stroke.
Dogs’ bodies are different than ours. They
have higher body temperature, no sweat glands (just a few on the pads of their
feed) and are VERY sensitive to heat.
Sadly, irresponsibility -or in some other cases ignorance- is the reason for
a big number of pets every year to suffer a slow and agonizing death as a
result of heat stroke.
This little angel was one of them...
R.I.P. Dixie.You know your dad didn't mean to cause you any harm. It's just that, in many cases, ignorance kills...
I lost my beloved "Dixie".... My husband
left her in a vehicle on a hot morning for about an hour. He thought it wasn't
hot enough yet and the window was partially rolled down...
He didn’t know then
but he learned the hard way. We were all devastated....
It can happen to anyone... That's why it is so important to share this information and educate people."
by Patsy W. B.
How to Prevent Heat Stroke in Dogs
leave a dog alone in a parked car on a hot day
- Not even for a few minutes
- Not even if you leave the windows partially
- Not even if you have parked in a shady place
NEVER EVER leave your dog
alone in the car. Even on a cooler day, the atmosphere inside your car can heat up to really dangerous temperatures within minutes! Being left locked in cars is the number one reason for heat stroke in dogs.
Always Keep In Mind
- When it’s
really hot outside, it’s not a good time for long walks, running on the beach and similar activities.
- Keep your
dogs indoors as much as possible.
- Sick dogs, dogs
with health conditions, puppies, older dogs are ALL very vulnerable and facing a higher risk of heat stroke.
breeds with flat faces and short noses (Boxer, Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Pug, Boston Terrie) are even more sensitive to hot environments.
- Make sure
that the dog has always plenty of fresh, cool water and can find some shade.
- Be very
alert if for any reason you need to muzzle or confine your dog in a high temperature environment.
- Is your dog
going to travel with you by airplane? If s/he is not flying in the cabin with you PLEASE, make a really good research
before choosing the airline company. Pets that fly as checked baggage or cargo could be in BIG DANGER.
NEVER leave your dog locked in the car.
Remember: your dog's life and safety is your responsibility.
- Groomer's appointment? Great. But... have in mind that a
muzzled dog could easily die under the hairdryer on a hot day. Make sure you
precious friend to the right people.
- Don’t make
your dog walk on hot pavements. Your feet are protected by your shoes and you
don’t realize that heat could burn your dog’s paws.
- Summer is
the best time for their haircut. But remember, not too short haircuts and definitely no shaving. A thin layer of
fur protects the skin from sun burns. If you don’t want to cut any fur, make sure you bath and brush regularly.
- To eliminate the danger of heat stroke in dogs, always walk or
exercise them early in the morning or after the sunset. And don’t forget
to bring a bottle of fresh water with you.
- If you’re
traveling with your dog to hot climates give him some time to adjust to the new climate.
- Hot summer
days are not meant for long walks or hiking. You should always have in mind the time
required to return back home.
Hot pavements can burn your dog's paws. Also the heat rising from the asphalt make things worse, increase the body temperature and, as a result, the risk of heat stroke in dogs.
Take immediate action and begin the cooling procedure the moment you realize that your dog is suffering from heatstroke.
Use any source of cool water - cool but not cold - you can find (a hose, some wet towels or purchase some bottled water) as soon as you notice any of the symptoms in the list bellow.
the most common symptoms
of heat stroke in dogs?
- Change in
the color of gums & eyes
- Staggering / Unable to stand
What You Can Do If Your Dog
Had A Heat Stroke
STAY CALM AND ACT IMMEDIATELY!
- If the dog
is unconscious wrap him with a wet towel and rush to the vet.
- If the dog
is conscious take him or her to the shade or if possible into air conditioning.
- Start by
giving small amounts of water. Gulping the water can cause vomiting and further
- NEVER try
to put water in the mouth of dog that cannot swallow on its own.
- Use a hose, a bucket,
wet towels or other cloth. Anything you
can find to cool the sick dog.
- Place the
dog in a cool (not cold) water bath if
possible. Don’t use ice, that might injure the skin. If the dog does not recover within a few minutes, get him out and go to the vet hospital.
- If a bottle of water is all you can find, get some water
in your palm and gently pet your dog (on the head, neck and paws).
- Is there a fan available? Put it near the dog.
- Call your
vet and calmly explain the situation. You MUST stay calm and follow his advice. It is most likely that the doctor
will ask to examine the animal himself.
I hope all
the information given in this article will help you prevent any incident of heat
stroke in dogs. Either it is your dog or just some other dog in danger.
This is very important.
In case you see a strange dog locked in a parked car or tethered under the hot
sun PLEASE TAKE ACTION. Call a store employ, the local animal control or the police. ANYONE who could help the poor animal and prevent an unnecessary
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