We all know how important it is to get your dog out, but on a hot day, how much? After a long and hot day in the dog park, how do you know if your dog has a HeatStroke or simply needs a rest? Being able to determine if your dog is hyperactive or showing signs of something much worse can mean the difference between life and death. Since dogs do not sweat like humans, it is extremely important to ensure that the dog is not exposed to high temperatures for any period of time.
Avoid exercising dogs in hot weather.
Avoid hot sand, concrete, asphalt areas, or any other areas where heat is reflected and shade cannot be reached.
Watch for symptoms and look for signs in your dogs.
Heatstroke in dogs includes:
- Panting which increases as the heatstroke progresses
- Agitation and restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- hard breathing
- Diarrhea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion and delirium
- Amazing dizziness
- Lethargy and weakness
- Muscle twitching
- Collapse and lie down
- Urine production is little or no
What is exposure to heat?
Just because it is hot outside or you notice that your dog is panting, this does not mean that your precious puppy is suffering from HeatStroke. Possibly hot weather or increased activity such as an exciting fetch game may have left your dog feeling hot and a few minutes of panting, a plate of cold water, and shade rest All that your dog needs to get its temperature back to normal. On the other hand, HeatStroke is severe and must be treated immediately.
What is HeatStroke?
Heatstroke, also called hyperthermia, is when a dog’s body temperature rises above healthy levels, not as a result of fever. While dogs have a relatively high temperature, a heat stroke occurs when its internal temperature is 106 degrees or higher. Dogs do not regulate their body temperatures as easily as humans do. A mixture of fur coat all year round, the interior warming naturally, and panting as the main method of cooling means your dog may need help to make sure it doesn’t get hot. Heatstroke occurs when your dog’s natural methods of heat dissipation are not sufficient to combat heartwarming. Therefore, unlike exposure to heat that can be resolved with rest and drinking water, heatstroke is more severe and can have some important complications such as neurological problems, internal organ problems, and even death.
What causes HeatStroke?
Most of the time, HeatStroke occurs because humans have done something irresponsible or neglected. One of the most common events that cause HeatStroke is secured in a hot car. Even on hot days, the interior of the car can reach temperatures in percent. If you see a dog locked in a hot car, call an ambulance. Even a few minutes in the heat without fresh air and freshwater can have life-changing consequences for the dog. Heatstroke can also occur from intense exercise in hot or humid weather and insufficient access to shade or freshwater.
Although every dog can suffer from HeatStroke, some dog breeds are more susceptible to infection. Dogs with a muscular head like a pug or small dogs or other breeds of dogs with a short nose find it difficult to calm down. For these dogs, the panting is not completely panting, which means they are unable to take enough air to properly cool internal temperatures. For this reason, it is best not to engage your flat favorite in heavy activity on a hot day. Protect your dog or french by staying calm and skipping that height or running in hot weather.
Other causes of heat stroke include illness or diseases that may prevent breathing. Inflammation in the respiratory system of the dog, nose, mouth, or throat makes it more difficult to calm the dog and get enough air. Heart disease or another vascular disease can make your puppy vulnerable to HeatStroke.
What are the signs of a warming dog?
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of heatstroke. Excessive panting is the first clue. If your dog is panting abundantly, take a break from everything you do and get a cold drink of water. If your dog suffers from hibernation, is moving slowly or precariously, falls, or is unable to get up, these are additional signs that he may suffer from HeatStroke.
Additional symptoms include dry mouth, feeling tongue or gums, weakness, confusion, rapid pulse, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased urine output, or even rectal bleeding. If your dog has any of these symptoms, it is urgent that you take it to the vet because it is a sign that HeatStroke has caused major internal problems.
What to do if your dog gets a HeatStroke
If you notice that your dog is showing signs of HeatStroke, don’t guess yourself! Acting quickly can make all the difference and prevent serious complications. First, stop any physical activity that your dog might do. Transfer it to a cool, dry place, either indoors or in the shade.
Cool your dog by pouring cold, not cold water on his inner thighs, stomach and foot pads. The goal is to help lower its internal temperature, these areas are less isolated from the fur and have blood vessels closer to the surface of its skin. Use a hose or other source of running water, but do not submerge your dog in the pool or bathroom. The goal is to calm your dog quickly, but not very quickly. If it gets very cold, it may cause other problems and complications, so do not use ice or cold packs.
Do not cover your dog with wet towels or blankets. Again, since the goal is to cool it down, it needs to be able to create air flow through the respiratory system as well as along its body. Airflow is an integral part of the cooling process, so placing a wet dog in front of the air conditioner or fan is especially effective.
Allow the dog to roam slowly. While you want to keep the movement to a minimum, you don’t want to stop them all together. It is important for the dog to move slowly to make sure his blood is circulating. This will also help calm it and prevent blood from accumulating in its extremities.
When the dog starts to cool down, give him small sips of water. Don’t let him swallow a ton of water, but give it slowly. If he refuses to drink water, try giving him beef or chicken broth and avoiding any moisturizing drinks intended for humans.
When to see a vet
If your dog suffers a HeatStroke, take him to the vet. If you think your dog suffers a HeatStroke, but you have done all of the above steps and it appears that he has cooled down and no longer has frightening symptoms like lethargy or vomiting, you should still take him to the vet. It is important for a professional veterinarian to examine your dog because even if it appears to be okay, your dog will likely have internal problems invisible to the untrained eye. One of the most common causes of death for dogs that have experienced a heat stroke is called DIC or thrombosis circulating inside the blood vessels, and this can appear up to 72 hours after a stroke attack, so feel free to contact your vet.
What causes HeatStroke to the dog?
What causes HeatStroke? The most common cause of heatstroke or overheating is to leave the dog in the car with insufficient ventilation. In this case, the dog’s body temperature can very quickly rise, often within minutes. “Their primary way of regulating body temperature is through gasping.”