Our dogs fur serves as great protection during the winter. However dog owners may not be aware that their dog’s fur can be fatal in the heat of spring and summer. As the temperature rises, dog owners must be aware of the potential of dog heat stroke.
It is important to understand that dogs become hot as well and aren’t the same as us. We can take a coat off if we get too hot, but they can’t. They may shed but they will still have a coat. By panting, dogs are able to cool down by circulating air through their bodies. They also can cool down by drinking or swimming in water. Dogs will show signs when becoming to hot such as panting, which can be mistaken for excitement during a game of catch or the joy of seeing you.
Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs
The most common and visible signs of heat stress in our pets include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue. If a pet becomes overheated, you must immediately lowering their body temperature.
• Move the pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower their temperature.
• Apply cool towels to the pet’s head, neck and chest only.
• Allow the pet to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car
Don’t EVER leave your dog in the car while it’s hot! Leaving a dog in a hot environment is a common cause of heat stroke.
At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is approximately 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach up to 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.
Please share this to educate all our furry friend owners. It does not have to be 90 degrees to cause harm to our pets.