Summer is here and almost everyone, if not all, will enjoy most of this amazing season before it gradually fades. And I guess you’re no exception. This doesn’t go without saying, dog owners also love to let their dogs relax, have fun and stretch their muscles outdoors this summer.
But the season comes with high and extreme temperatures which definitely is not a good thing for either you or your lovely dog. When your dog is exposed to high temperatures on extremely hot summer days, he can have heatstroke.
What causes Heatstroke
Heatstroke is dangerous and can be life-threatening to your dog(s). It normally occurs when the environment’s temperature is too high and dogs are unable to dissipate the heat trapped in their body. Heatstroke is also known as hyperthermia and can be fatal to dogs if early symptoms are not remedied.
Most dog owners tend to overlook the onset of heatstroke. This isn’t good so do well to check for any signs of heat exhaustion in your dog in summer.
Dogs Prone to Heatstroke
While high temperatures are not good for every dog, some dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke which is as a result of exposure to high atmospheric temperature for a very long time. Though dogs, in general, are bad at dissipating heat, the dog breeds listed below should be checked intermittently for signs of heatstroke when you’re with them in the open in summer.
- Boston Terrier
- Shih Tzu
Signs and Symptoms of Heatstroke
Your dog will show signs of heatstroke when the temperature on extremely hot summer days is too much for him and he’s unable to dispel the heat. Keep in mind that these symptoms are clearly visible and there’s not a chance that you’ll miss it. Below are the signs:
- Heavy breathing
- Rapid breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Bright red gums and tongue
- Difficulty in maintaining balance
When your dog’s heatstroke is advanced, the stage where the condition can be deadly, he’ll show these symptoms:
- White or blue gums
- Weariness, lack of energy and unwilling to move
- Frequent urination and defecation
- Struggles to breath; noisy breathing
No dog owner wants their dog to lose its life to heatstroke and neither do you. So don’t wait till your dog shows advanced symptoms of heatstroke before you start doing something about it. At the early stages, apply remedies to keep your dog cool or within the normal temperature range (100 - 102 degrees) for dogs.
What to Do When Your Dog is Overheated
When you’re out with your pooch this summer, regularly check for signs of heatstroke. And when you notice any symptom of heatstroke, immediately cool him down by applying any of the remedies suggested below:
- Immediately get him into the shade
- Spray him with cool water
- Get him into a pool (if your dog can swim)
Keep cooling your dog until his temperature drops to 100 - 102 degrees. At this point, he’s stabilized so you can take a break from worrying about losing your dog to heatstroke.
Dog’s that show signs of advanced heatstroke will need to be given fluids and medication. When it comes to this, your dog can die so rush your dog to a vet. And on the way to the vet, keep spraying cool water on him. If he’s able to drink, then give him some fluids just to try and reduce his temperature.
Don’t wait till you have to fret about keeping your dog cool when you can actually prevent heat exhaustion in your pup. Do these to help your dog from overheating:
Walk your dog when the temperature outside is not high. Preferably take him for a walk on cooler periods of the day.
When you’re out with your pooch, make sure you have drinkable water handy so that you can give him water when you need to keep his body temperature in range. You can get this collapsible bowl and pour water in it for your dog to drink.
Don’t keep your dog locked up in your car with all the windows rolled up in summer or on hot days. Doing this can easily cause your pooch to overheat. If need to keep your furry friend in the car, then keep the AC on.
Some dogs are full of energy and will keep running around, stretching their muscles and exercising. If you have such a dog, take short breaks in the shade to avoid prolonged exposure in the hot weather. You can open your sprinkler while your dog playfully combs through your backyard. This pet cot with canopy protects your dog from the direct UV rays and scorching sun while this cooling cot keeps dogs cool.
Don’t lose your dog to heatstroke in the hot weather, KEEP HIM SAFE!