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Heatstroke

February 21, 2016

With the hot weather we’ve been experiencing, we humans are not the only ones that are likely to be feeling the heat.

Our furry friends are at risk of overheating just as much, if not more than we are.

Dogs, especially those with thick fur and brachycephalics (short-nosed breeds) can find it hard to regulate their temperature, which can lead to heat stroke. Signs of this include:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Collapse
  • Coma

Heat stroke is an emergency and most animals that get hyperthermia need to be seen by a vet to help reduce their core temperature back to normal.

 

Things you can do at home to reduce the chances of heatstroke in your dog:

  • Keep them inside, or in the shade during the hottest part of the day
  • Exercise them first thing in the morning
  • Have lots of cool water available. Ice chips can be fun for dogs to play with as well and will help keep them cool
  • Long-haired dogs can be clipped during summer to help with heat control
  • Have a shallow paddling pool/sprinkler available for the dogs to cool themselves
  • Hose the dog down or cover them in wet cool towels if they seem to be getting hot
  • Leave them at home if you need to go for a car ride, or taken them out of the car with you

If you are concerned your dog might be suffering from heatstroke call us on 078888197.