Heat Stroke: A Deadly Danger for Dogs Too

We all want to take our pets outside and enjoy the summertime. We are sure to carry plenty of water for ourselves,

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but how many actually bring water for their pets? Here is a hint – not enough.

Dogs can suffer heat stroke as easily as a person. They lack sweat glands and pant as a way to cool down. This lack plus the fur coat they wear means your dog can overheat quickly. Don’t forget; your dog cannot articulate to you if they are too hot. Your job is to keep an eye on them at all times; especially when they are outside.

Heat stroke in dogs is common, preventable and easy to note. Look for sluggish movement, exaggerated panting, bright red gums, vomiting and collapse. Medical treatment is paramount if your dog gets to this point. Without it, it may be too late.

Some breeds are more prone than others. Long hair, dark coat and dogs with flat faces, bulldogs and pugs are much more likely to have heat stroke.

If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke, stop any activities. Spray your dog with cool water. Call us immediately for guidance. It may be in your best interest to bring your dog to us immediately for emergency treatment.

The best treatment, naturally, is prevention. Take your pets out early in the morning or late in the evening. Have plenty of cool water handy and take plenty of breaks. Every time you stop for water, do the same for your dog. When you are getting too hot, it is likely well past that point for your dog.

You would not push yourself in the serious heat, so don’t do it to your dog. Feel free to contact our office for additional tips and recommendations for your pets when it comes to being in the heat. Regular checkups with our office will help keep your animal companion at your side for many years to come.

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