It's been a hot couple of days here at Tailster HQ, sure it's rather warm and most of us are enjoying summer while we have it but there are signs we should all keep an eye on when caring for our dogs and helping to make sure they have the best time this Summer. It's very important to make sure they're safe in this heat - unlike humans some dogs aren't great at letting us know something is off.
Heat stroke is serious if you don't deal with it as soon as you notice the signs, do you know the signs to heatstroke or heat exhaustion? Well just in case you don't or need a refresher, here are a few warning signs to look out for:
- An obvious warning sign includes heavy panting. If a dog is panting heavily and you are already out on the walk, try and get them in the closest bit of shade and keep them there until they have cooled down. Keep them hydrated with lots of water. Take a cooling water spray with you and spray them all over - including the belly and paws.
- Drooling is another major sign that something isn’t quite right. If they are excessively drooling it may be best to take a break.
- If a dog keeps pausing during a walk, it can be a symptom of something very serious and may need immediate attention.
- Brachycephalic dogs are those with flat faces, and these breeds are particularly prone to overheating. This is because the airflow is affected due to their short noses.
Minus all the symptoms what else can you do to keep safe in this heat?
Well. There are a few simple steps and advice you can follow to ensure everything you do in this heat goes smoothly.
- Hold the back of your hand on the concrete for 5 seconds. If this is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog!
- Always carry water.
- Give them a cold bath. Why not get the paddling pool out?
- Walk your dog during the early morning, or late evening. Try and stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm, as this is when the sun is at it’s hottest.
What should I do if I think my dog is suffering from heat stroke?
If you do think your dog is suffering from heat stroke, remain calm, there are steps you can take to bring the situation under control while you make your way to the vets.
- Move the dog to a cool area, somewhere shady and out of sunlight.
- Immediately dose the dog in cool water (not cold water as this may lead to shock) until their breathing returns to normal, don't overdo it. If they start shivering the water may be too cold.
- You can also use wet towels to cool your dog down and place him/her in the breeze of a fan.
- Allow the dog to drink small amounts of water.
We thought it was best to remind everyone, just to be safe! :)
Enjoy the sun while we have it,
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