TOP FIVE NO NO’S FOR DOGS ON A HOT DAY
#1 Don't take your dog on a run in the middle of a scorching hot day.
Running with your dog early in the morning is a great way to stretch them dog muslces. Night time typically provides the best temperatures.
#2 Don't assume your dog is ok, keep your pup hydrated and keep fresh water available at all times.
This is one of the most important things to remember. If you see your dog panting, give them water (dont wait).
#3 Don't leave your pet in your vehicle, even if its not in direct sunlight.
Dogs can suffer from brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Unlike humans dogs can only cool themselves down by panting and sweating through their paw pads.
#4 Don't travel in a car with poor ventilation.
When a dog is in a crate traveling, the crate becomes hotter then the temperature around it. Keeping the air flowing and fresh will help keep temperatures down.
#5 Don't allow your pet to over do it. Exercising your dog is important but try to accomplish this in the evenings when the weather is cool.
Your dog will always want to please you, so knowing when to say enough is enough is your responsibility. Know your dog’s limits and don’t push it.
Heat Stroke In Dogs
– Excessive panting
– Increased salivation
– Bright red tongue
– Red or pale gums
– Thick, sticky saliva
– Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
- Excessive heat and or humidity (weather conditions, such as a hot day or being enclosed in an ventilated room, car, or grooming dryer cage)
- Upper airway disease can cause problems breathing; the upper airway includes the nose, the nasal passages, the throat (pharynx), and windpipe (trachea)
- Heart and/or blood vessel disease
- Nervous system and/or muscular disease; previous history of heat-related disease
- Poisoning; some poisonous compounds, such as rat poison, slug bate can lead to seizures, which can cause an abnormal increase in body temperature
- Excessive exercise
What to do if you suspect your dog is having a heatstroke?
– The first thing you need to do is hose down your pet thoroughly. This will slow down their panting and decrease their body temperature.
– The second thing to do is call your vet and let them know your on your way (use proper judgement).
– The third thing is to make sure your transportation has air conditioning and if it does not make sure to keep your windows down.
What to expect at the Vet Clinic?
– More then likely your Vet will start treatment off by giving your puppy intravenous fluids and providing your puppy oxygen.
– Also dont be alarmed, but blood work my be performed in order to determine if organ damage has occured.
Note: In severe cases your puppy may be required to stay over night for a few days to ensure they are out of the woods.