Now That It’s Starting To Get Hotter, Check Out These Tips On Heatstroke In Dogs
As Spring turns into Summer, the temperatures are on the rise. Dog owners need to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke. Dogs don’t have the ability to perspire the way that humans do. While humans have sweat glands located all over the body, dogs only have sweat glands on the bottom of their paws. Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, and panting becomes less effective in hot conditions.
Signs of Heatstroke
Heatstroke in dogs has some definite signs to watch for. The primary sign that a dog is getting too hot is excessive panting. Dogs on the verge of heatstroke may pant so hard that they produce great quantities of saliva that make the dog appear as if he is foaming at the mouth.
Dogs experiencing heatstroke may also show a depressed state and appear very weak. If they are standing, they may stumble and fall over
In advanced cases of heatstroke, the dog may vomit. The vomit may even contain blood. If left untreated, heatstroke can lead to cardiac arrest.
The first priority in treating heatstroke is to remove the dog from the heat to a cool area. Wet the dog down with cool not cold water. Very cold water may produce a shock to the system. It is important to seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible in cases of heatstroke.
To prevent heatstroke, make sure that your dog has cool, fresh water available all day. Do not allow your dog to play or exercise too long in hot weather. Also, allow your dog to swim in order to cool down. An air-conditioned environment is best on hot days.
When you board your dog at Citizen Canine, you can rest assured that your dog will be monitored by our highly trained staff. Dogs staying at Citizen Canine have access to a climate-controlled facility, and Citizen Canine has canine pools to help hot dogs cool off.