How to avoid heat­stroke

Too much sun can be dan­ger­ous for dogs

EADT Suffolk - - A PETS LIFE -

Dogs need ex­er­cise, even when it’s hot, but own­ers need to be sen­si­ble to avoid the risk of heat­stroke and burnt pads. Pave­ments can get re­ally hot!

Signs that your dog may have burnt pads in­clude limp­ing or re­fus­ing to walk, lick­ing or chew­ing at the feet, pads darker in colour, miss­ing part of the pad, and blis­ters or red­ness.

Heat­stroke is very se­ri­ous in dogs. If dogs are too hot and are un­able to re­duce their body tem­per­a­ture by pant­ing, they will de­velop heat­stroke which can kill. If a dog is dis­play­ing any signs of heat­stroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet im­me­di­ately.

Some types of dog are more prone to heat­stroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short flat faces, like pugs and bull­dog types. Dogs with cer­tain dis­eases or on some types of med­i­ca­tion are also more at risk.

Warn­ing signs of heat­stroke in­clude heavy pant­ing, ex­ces­sive drool­ing, lethargy, drowsi­ness and poor co-or­di­na­tion, col­lapse and vom­it­ing.

For the best chance of sur­vival, dogs suf­fer­ing from heat­stroke ur­gently need to have their body tem­per­a­ture low­ered grad­u­ally.

Move him/her to a shaded/ cool area.

Im­me­di­ately douse the dog with cool (not cold) wa­ter, to avoid shock. If pos­si­ble, you can also use wet tow­els or place him/ her in the breeze of a fan.

Al­low the dog to drink small amounts of cool wa­ter.

Con­tinue to douse the dog with cool wa­ter un­til his/her breath­ing starts to set­tle but never so much that he/she be­gins to shiver.

Once the dog is cool, take him/ her to the near­est vet as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

RE­MEM­BER:

If you see a dog in a hot car dis­play­ing any signs of heat­stroke, dial 999 im­me­di­ately as the dog could soon lose con­scious­ness and ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­nal or­gan fail­ure.

ABOVE: Dogs have their own ways of cool­ing down. Keep yours cool in very hot weather to avoid dan­ger­ous heat­stroke

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