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Handle the Heat, a Guide for Dog Owners

It is now beginning to warm up with the spring sun, at times, beating down during the daytime then dropping severely at night. We all love to be out soaking up the rays with our fur babies. This is now the time to equip ourselves with the knowledge of the signs of heatstroke and what to do. It is not just “dogs in cars” that can suffer from heatstroke. REMEMBER… it can be cloudy and the temperature can be too high for the canine.

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Excessive panting and drooling
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased respiration rate
  • Increased temperature
  • Increased pulse
  • Red, tacky gums
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Unconscious
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

 

What should you do?

Do not hesitate in calling your Vet and taking the canine in. Time is of the essence if the dog is suffering from heatstroke.

How can you prevent heat stroke?

  • Think about what time and where you are walking your dog or dogs.
  • If a dog needs to go out in the middle of the day, garden toilet breaks are best and canine enrichment is very beneficial.
  • Cool a dog gradually if you think they are becoming too hot but not in heatstroke.
  • Cool streams, the sea and paddling pools.
  • Cool damp towels under the tummy of the dog are beneficial.
  • Frozen treats (vegetables, stock, ice cubes) are fine if the dog is not suffering from heatstroke.
  • Cool mats and cool coats

Remember to cool dogs down slowly so you do not send the body into shock.

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This article was written by Fliss Davis, Dog First Aid Franchise Partner for the Wiltshire territory.

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