Heatstroke. It’s one of the hazards of playing outdoors in the summer–for dogs and humans alike.
But since dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, they rely on panting and sweating through the pads of their feet. This isn’t a very efficient process, especially for short-nosed breeds, like pugs, bulldogs, boxers and Pekinese.
When outdoors, keep an eye on your dog’s behavior. If it’s hot and your dog is acting strangely, it may be your first sign of a problem. Here are others:
The signs of heatstroke
- Rapid heartbeat
- Heavy panting
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, tacky saliva
- Lying down & unwilling to get up
What you should do if your dog shows signs of a heatstroke
Take your dog out of the heat as quickly as possible and offer him cool water to drink. In an air-conditioned room or car, place towels or cloths cooled with water on his paws, around his head or on hairless areas. (Don’t use ice water or ice. They can cause blood vessels to constrict and prevent cooling.) Even if your dog seems to recover, you should visit your vet or an animal hospital right away.
How to avoid heatstroke
- We hope it goes without saying, but never leave your dog in a car, even in the shade with the windows down. The temperature inside can quickly reach 140 degrees.
- Keep drinking water available at all times.
- If there’s no need, don’t muzzle your dog as it restricts panting.
- Offer shaded areas outside.
- When walking on hot concrete or asphalt, stick to the shade or keep it short.
- Avoid outdoor activities in the heat with older dogs, overweight dogs or those with breathing problems.
We hope these tips will help keep your dog safe in the summer heat. Visit Pet Supermarket for travel water containers and bowls for hydration on the go.