Five tips to prevent your dog from suffering a heat stroke

Summer, finally! The sun, the sea, and above all, the heat, a lot of heat, should a heat wave approach.

Surely, you are more than willing to enjoy this marvellous time together with your dog. It is essential though that one takes precautions to prevent your dog from suffering a heat stroke.

What is the heat stroke?

When it’s hot human body passes the heat by sweating. However, dogs have their sweat glands only in the pads of their paws and so their way for heat regulation is panting. Sometimes though panting is not enough for thermo-regulation, especially for those of them with a long fur, and that increases risk of suffering a heat stroke.

How to check for a heat stroke symptoms in a dog (or a cat) and how to treat it?

If the dog seems listless, with any will to have a walk or play, and has increased breath, is trembling and might be even vomiting, it’s probably suffering a heat stroke. One needs to cool down the right parts of its body, like head and armpits, and put it under a running water but without forcing the dog to drink. And of course, bring your pet to a vet as soon as possible to ensure that the dog is fine.

What is the heat stroke?

When it’s hot human body passes the heat by sweating. However, dogs have their sweat glands only in the pads of their paws and so their way for heat regulation is panting. Sometimes though panting is not enough for thermo-regulation, especially for those of them with a long fur, and that increases risk of suffering a heat stroke.

How to check for a heat stroke symptoms of a dog (or a cat) and how to treat it?

If the dog seems listless, with any will to have a walk or play, and has increased breath, is trembling and might be even vomiting, it’s probably suffering a heat stroke. One needs to cool down the right parts of its body, like head and armpits, and put it under a running water but without forcing the dog to drink. And of course, bring your pet to a vet as soon as possible to ensure that the dog is fine.

 

Tips for preventing a heat stroke:

1. Do not expose your animal to high temperatures.

2. At all times ensure it has an access to fresh water.

3. Do not make your dog to exercise during the hottest hours. Try to go running or cycling with your dog in the very morning or after the sunset..

4. Never leave your dog alone in the car! It’s only a matter of minutes that takes a dog to suffer a heat stroke in a locked car in the summer.

 5. Enjoy the summer!

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