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Heatstroke and Dogs

  • Your Location: Bury
  • Postcode: BL9
  • Listed: August 8, 2018 21:42
  • Expires: 52 days, 3 hours

Winter is just around the corner however, we are still having hot and sunny days. Although all these summer days are an enjoyable phenomenon compared to the usual crappy weather we get, it is not always an enjoyable experience for your four-legged friends.

Humans have the advantage of losing heat through sweating to cool down and additional options of wearing lighter (and often shorter) clothes. Dogs however, can only lose heat through panting and sweating through the pads on their paws.

The Risks

  • Don't Leave dogs in hot cars with the windows closed and no ventilation or water – it can take less than 15 minutes for a dog to die in hot cars. This can also apply to hot rooms. Read the 'Dogs die in hot cars' article from the RSPCA here
  • Don't allow dogs to sit/lie in the sun for long periods of time
  • Don't over-exercise dogs on hot and sunny days
  • Dogs with diseases such as heart disease are high risk
  • Dogs that are obese or over-weight are high risk
  • Flat-faced breeds (Boxers/Bulldogs/Pugs etc) are high risk

Is your dog showing heat stroke symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • Poor co-ordination / Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Heavy Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Agitation
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Excessive drooling
  • High body temperature
  • Danger point – unconsciousness
  • Danger point – Seizures 

If your dog is suffering from any of the above symptoms or you have concerns, class this as an emergency and get them to the vet straight away. Make sure you keep them as cool as possible and have plenty of fresh cool drinking water available (collapsable bowl whilst travelling)

Serious life-shortening internal damage can be caused to your dog from heat-stroke and in a lot of cases death.

Dogs are pack animals…and they think that way

Dogs are not like humans, they will not cry about being in pain or felling ill, they wont necessarily think 'shit, I'm hot lets get some shade' or 'I think this heat is killing me, got to move'. They will generally sit and lie quietly waiting for thier pack leader to give them their next instruction.

Prevention is best 

If you want your dog to have a long and healthy life (and I am sure he or she does), prevention is key, make sure….

  • Your dog has plenty of clean, fresh water that is changed regularly throughout the day
  • Take plenty of water with you on trips to the park or going for a walk. There are plenty or affordable collapsable bottles available on the market – you can even get them from the £1 shops! (get them now, things arent looking too great for these shops)
  • When exercising your dog, wait until cooler periods – in the early morning or late evening
  • Avoid walking your dog on hot pavements as this can burn their paws and add extra heat
  • Provide shade outdoors and dont allow them to lie in the sunny spots for excessive amounts of time
  • Never leave your dog alone in an hot car – this will have a 'Microwave' effect on them and you will be coming back to an hot-dog
  • If in doubt – seek advise.





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