Under normal circumstances a dog’s body temperature should average around 101.5 Fahrenheit. But, anything over this should be a sign for concern, as heatstroke sets in at 104 degrees. So, as pet parents, we should ensure that we are well educated on the signs of heatstroke and how to take care of our pup, in the event that this should happen.
Heatstroke can be caused by extremely high temperatures, as well as by leaving your pup in the car. Although you may think that by leaving the windows open or leaving your car running with the air conditioner on, it could prove to be fatal, to leave your pooch in the car.
Temperatures can rise very rapidly inside a car; to dangerous levels in fact.
Warning signs of Heatstroke
It is very important to know the warning signs of heatstroke and some of these signs include the following:
• Rapid heartbeat
• Heavy panting
• Excessive drooling
• Difficulty breathing
• Lack of coordination
• Glazed eyes
• Gums and tongue appear bright red or purple
• Seizures and unconsciousness
It is also extremely importance that you know how to treat your fur baby, if he or she shows any signs of heatstroke and here are some important steps you can take to help your beloved pooch.
• Immediately move your pup into the shade or a cool (air-conditioned) area
• Offer your pup small amounts of cold water or let your pup lick ice cubes
• Apply a cold towel to your pup’s head, neck and chest
• Run cool water over your pup, but ensure that the water is not cold
• You may apply rubbing alcohol to your pup’s paw pads
• Check your pup’s temperature regularly – if it comes down to between 100 and 102 degrees, then it has stabilized
• In order to restore electrolytes, offer your pup some Pedialyte
If you are not certain how to treat your pup for heatstroke, you should immediately take your pup to your local Veterinarian.
As a loving pet parent, there are also various preventative steps, which you can take to prevent your beloved fur baby from falling victim to heatstroke. The first and most important step would be to never keep your pup outside the whole day in the blazing heat, especially during the summer. The second step would be to never leave you pup in a parked car.
Further preventative measures would include some of the following:
Keep your eye on the Weather
This does not mean that you only need to watch the temperature, but also the humidity levels. Humidity affects dogs much differently to humans and some breeds find it more difficult to breathe in extreme heat. (This is especially applies to dogs with short muzzles, like pugs and boxers).
Keep a Constant Supply of Fresh, Cold Water
It is vitally important to ensure that your beloved pooch always has access to fresh, cold water. This more so applies during the hot summer months, as they also tend to drink more, in order to help them cool down. Always ensure that you have water available inside and outside of your home. If you decide to take your beloved pooch along on a short trip, you should ensure that you include enough fresh cold water, food and snacks to keep your fur baby hydrated and happy at all times.
Provide a Safe Place in the Shade
It is important to provide your beloved fur baby with enough shade and a cool place to take a nap. Therefore, ensure that you have trees or shade netting, which still allows for enough air flow, which will help keep your pup nice and cool. An alternative would be a nice place inside your home, where they may retreat from the blazing heat.
Do not walk your Dog in Extreme Heat
Instead of walking your pup in the afternoon, which would generally be the hottest time of the day, rather walk your pup in the early morning or early evening. By doing so, you will avoid a number of possible issues, such as dehydration, heatstroke and you beloved pup will not burn his or her paws on the hot sidewalk.
Keep your Pup Cool
Remember that a fan cannot cool a dog, the same way it cools humans down. It is therefore better to invest in items such as a dog pool, or a cooling mat, or a vest or a body wrap. These generally stay dry and cool. Especially if you soak them in cool water. If your pup does not mind a bath, you may also opt for a cooling bath (using nice cool water).
As a treat and to aid against the heat, you can also offer your beloved fur baby PetsWell Pantry’s organic Roc-Star Pupsicles™. Purchase yours at the below locations!
In-store Pick-up, Kitchen 66: 907 S Detroit Ave, Tulsa
The Pop House: 3737 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa
GracieLand Hound Dog Hotel: 6210 E 156th St N, Collinsville
Your beloved fur baby will truly enjoy the frozen treat!
Love, The PetsWell Team
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