Summer is a time of joy and relaxation in the outdoors, but for dog owners it can be a time of anxiety and worry. Along with the onset of hot days comes an increased risk of heat stroke for furry friends. Heatstroke is a dangerous condition where a dog’s body overheats and cannot cool down effectively. PetLab Co. Veterinary Services has posted a video highlighting five early warning signs of heatstroke in dogs.
Five signs of heatstroke in dogs:
1. heavy breathing.
2. Excessive salivation.
3. a bright red tongue and gums.
4. Hot skin to the touch.
5. Rapid heartbeat.
If you notice any of these signs in your dog, seek veterinary care right away. Prompt action may save your dog’s life and ensure his recovery from heatstroke.
However, the best way to combat heatstroke is to prevent it from happening. Liz Lanny, a pet behaviorist at Bella & Duke, has some valuable tips for keeping dogs safe during the hot summer weather.
Hydration is key to preventing heat stroke in dogs. They can lose up to one liter of water a day, so it’s important to make sure they have access to enough water. Set up several water stations around the house so your furry friend can drink whenever he wants.
Outdoor safety measures also play an important role in preventing heat stroke in dogs. Owners are advised to provide their pets with shaded areas to rest and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Even in a car with water and open windows, a dog can threaten heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes, so leaving it in the car in the heat is strictly forbidden.
Beach walks also require special attention. Dogs’ paws can get burned by hot sand, so it’s a good idea to walk when the sand has cooled off. However, a quick refreshing dip in the sea can be good for your dog.
For those who don’t have access to a beach, you can use a kiddie pool. Fill it with water and let your dog cool off in it. The water will be absorbed through his skin and paws, providing coolness and hydration.
Summer should be a time of joy and safe time with your pet. Follow the advice of experts, make sure your dog is adequately hydrated and provide safe places for him to rest outdoors.
“By following the right steps, you can be sure that all the time spent outdoors with your furry friend will be enjoyable and, most importantly, safe.”-Liz Lanny, pet behaviorist at Bella & Duke