The summer months can be deadly to our furry best friends. Our pets rely on us to take care of them. It is so important to be able to recognize when your dog does not feel well.
The following are recognizable symptoms in heat exhaustion and heat stroke; along with some simple treatment methods, and preventatives.
Signs of Heat exhaustion
1 Heavy panting – Pay close attention to breeds with heavy coats and short snouts. Dogs are incapable of sweating. The only way to cool down is through panting.
Signs of Heat stroke
1 Heavy panting – this is also first sign of heat stroke
4 Seizures or coma
As you can see, the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very similar! The difference between exhaustion and stroke is in the severity of damage to your dog’s body systems.
Heat exhaustion may have heavy panting with high levels of drool. Heat stroke is a dog’s body shutting down completely; for example, heavy panting with no drool, and disorientation.
It is vital to spot the signs of heat exhaustion early. Heat strokes can be deadly. If you observe serious symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek the help of a veterinarian immediately.
In the meantime, there are some things you can do to help cool down your dog.
1 Provide plenty of water
2 Move your dog to a cool resting place
3 Place a cool, wet towel around your dog’s neck
4 Ice packs can be placed in the armpit or neck areas
*Please do not submerge your dog in cold water! This dangerous method can be a shock to an already overloaded system, and can make things even worse.
Prevention goes a long way.
1 Avoid taking your dog out during the hottest parts of the day in the summer months
2 Walk or exercise your dog in the cooler hours of the early morning or evening
3 Always provide fresh water
4 Never leave your dog outside, tied up, unattended, or in a vehicle during the summer months
Stay alert, keep hydrated, and be prepared if your dog succumbs to the summer heat!