Now the warm weather is finally here, even though it may only be for a week or two. It's still really important to keep our four-legged friends cool and to prevent them getting fatal heatstroke that can occur within minutes. Unlike like us human's dogs do not have the ability to sweat through their skin, so they rely on being able to pant and release the heat through their noses and paw pads.
Signs to watch out for in Heatstroke in dogs are collapse, excessive panting and dribbling. Once heatstroke has kicked in it is almost impossible to reverse it. So, if you do think your dog is suffering from heatstroke move them to a cool place immediately, cool down their coat with cool water (not freezing) and contact your vet.
This all sounds a bit scary but with just a few tips we can ensure our pets and us enjoy them summer days.
- On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening. This is because their paw pads can burn on the hot pavements. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their feet.
- During excessive heat restrict walks to early morning only. On very hot days the temperature is still too hot for dogs in the evening. It is OK not to walk your dog every day and its far better to be safe.
- Always keep a clean bowl of water near-by or on your presence if you’re out for a walk.
- If you’re at the beach, ensure you have fresh water too as salt water can make your dog sick.
- Keep an eye out for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
- Try making some cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favourite food inside or stuff a Kong and pop it in the freezer
- Certain breeds can me more prone to heatstroke such as short nosed dogs including boxers, pugs, older dogs and puppies, and those that are overweight. These dogs can quickly get heatstroke in high temperatures, even on a leisurely stroll.
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