Protect your dog from heat

Dogs become overheated much more easily than humans. Temperature of 23°C is already very uncomfortable for a dog, while temperature above 25°C may lead to its overheating Especially in the summer, when air temperature often exceeds abovementioned 25°C, you must remember to protect your dog appropriately from heat. In average weather conditions, dog’s body temperature remains between 37.7°C–39°C. In case of overheating it may even exceed 41°C, which is dangerous to proper functioning of circulatory and respiratory systems, resulting even in animal’s death.

Overheating may happen especially to:

  • Elderly and ill dogs
  • Puppies
  • Pregnant bitches
  • Dogs with short muzzles, such as Pekinese, boxer, bulldog
  • Dogs with long and thick coat

When air temperature exceeds 25°C, avoid walks at 11A.M.-3PM, when it is the hottest. Yet, if you really have to go out, take a walk in as shaded places as it is possible, such as parks. Take a bottle of water and a dog’s bowl. It is a good idea to take an ordinary water sprinkler, which will help to cool the animal.

If you plan a car journey, do not leave a dog alone in a car even for a moment. The car left in the sunshine heats up very quickly. Leaving a window ajar will not help much. Such negligence may turn out to be fatal for your animal.

If you keep your dog outside, make sure there is a shaded place and permanent access to water. Let the dog take shelter in a cool room. Dogs left in full sunshine even for a moment are at a risk of heat stroke.

Symptoms of a stroke:

  • Excessive panting
  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • High pulse
  • Hypothermia: high body temperature, over 40°C
  • weakness
  • fainting
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • convulsions (at critical stage, when convulsions appear, an animal may fall into coma)

If you notice that your dog is overheated, you must bring it to a shaded and cool place. Put a wet and cool towel or cloth on dog’s back – it will bring a relief. You may also gently cool the dog with lukewarm water. Never ever pour ice-cold water over the dog, since it may lead to a thermal shock and only worsen animal’s state. If your dog is conscious, make it lick an ice cube or put a bowl of water next to it. Yet, do not force the dog to drink.

Even if your animal’s state gets better a little, you should take it to the vet as quickly as possible: there it will receeive proper aid and drugs. Each moment of delay may appear to end tragically for the dog.

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