A dog over heating is more common then you realize. Over heating is a condition that can quickly become life threatening for your pooch. As humans we often push ourselves beyond our own means. We can communicate in language what’s going on and how we feel, but remember dogs cannot. Dogs internal body temperature is higher than ours and their ability to cool down, is less than ours. The lack of sweat glands like humans have leaves dogs only able to pant to cool down. That can prove to be not enough and over heating can easily happen.
The first thing of importance is to be aware of the harmful potential of overheating.The second thing of importance is what to do to prevent it from happening. We have put together a list of ways to prevent overheating in your animal.
Don’t leave your pet in a hot car or a hot room. May seem obvious, but many people still do this. On a hot day (especially in some states ex: Arizona, the temperature outside is already hot. The interior of a car can quickly add another 10-30 degrees to the ambient temperature. That means that even in 85 degree weather, the temperature can quickly rise to dangerous numbers.
Don’t walk your dog on outside on hot days. They can both burn their feet and quickly overheat. remember that if it’s hot for your feet, it’s hot for your dogs.
Always have fresh water on hand. Dogs can easily become dehydrated and this can add to heat exhaustion and over heating. Always have water available for your dog. This will help ensure they do not dehydrate.
Pay Attention. Some dogs love to run until they are exhausted. Although it may seem good for them and harmless, they can quickly over heat or experience heat exhaustion. If you are on an outdoor excursion and there is a body of water nearby, encourage your dog to submerge into the water. This will help them cool down. It is important to pay attention to signs and symptoms. Below will give you what to watch for.
Signs of Overheating or Heat Exhaustion.
- Fast, Loud Breathing
- Bright Red Gums
Signs of Dehydration. The loss of water and electrolytes can easily happen to your animal too. Dehydration, if left untreated, can be extremely dangerous and create a host of sever problems. Watch for dehydration in your animal.
- Dry mouth, gums, and nose
- Poor elasticity in their skin
- Sunken Eyes
Although summer is nearing and end, dehydration and over heating can still easily happen. Use caution and awareness to help prevent these issues and keep your dog healthy and safe.
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