Even though Summer is technically over for kids, the heat of Summer is still around. We are going into our 9th day with a Heat Advisory. Just as we are extra cautious for our kids, elderly & ourselves during the intense heat, we also need to take precautions for our pets. Over the last two weeks, when the heat index ranged from 105 to 116 degrees, we have heard of several dogs who have gotten over-heated or suffered from heat stroke. Do you know the signs to look for in your dog? Do you know what to do in the event that your dog gets over-heated? Here is some information that hopefully you will find helpful.
- Rapid panting
- Brick red tongue
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Remove dog from hot area immediately
- Thoroughly wet animal with cool water (be careful not to cool dog to quickly as it’s body temp may drop to low to quick)
- Increase air movement with a fan
- Encourage animal to drink (do not force feed water as the dog could inhale it or choke)
- Dry animal when cooling is finished (103 degrees F)
- Visit the vet, even if the dog seems to be ok, it is possible that there may have been internal damage to organs
- Provide clean water at all times.
- Keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems cool and in the shade. Even normal activity for these pets can be harmful.
- Do not leave your pet in a parked car. Temperatures can easily reach 140 degrees F in the shade.
- Do not muzzle your dog. It makes it hard for them to pant and therefore, regulate their body temperature.
- Restrict outdoor activities.
- Provide adequate shade for dogs that are outside.