Keep Your Dog From Getting Overheated

July 6, 2018

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With high temperatures it is important that you prevent yourself from overheating and the same is true for your dog. Like you, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can wreak utter havoc on your canine friend but can be more difficult for them to cool off.  Dogs are simply not as well-equipped as humans to deal with sweltering temperatures. The only way your dog can cool down is through panting and there’s a limited window there and the larger the dog, the longer it takes to cool down. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are heavy panting, looking anxious, salivating, and changes in gum color. So take these step to prevent your dog from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Walking your dog either at dusk or dawn (or as close to that as possible) can help limit their exposure to the sun, which will keep them cooler and, in the case of lighter colored dogs, prevent sunburn. Make sure they have shade to retreat to always keep plenty of fresh water placed in shady areas and kept cool.  However if your dog does show signs of overheating and with a temperature of 104 you need t do something.  According to one veterinarian, getting your pet to the vet is important, but cooling them down as quickly as possible is even more important. Wipe the bottom of their paws with a cool wet cloth—wet with water, not rubbing alcohol, which can dry out the pads—or dip their feet into water if you can, and pour cool water on the neck, being sure you quit cooling once they reach 103℉, then get them to the vet as soon as you can.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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