Summer and Heat Strokes for dogs
It is very important to regulate our dog’s body temperature. A dogs normal body temperature is between 101°F and 102°F . They regulate their body temperature by panting and they sweat through their paws. Since our four-legged friends can’t sweat they are much less efficient than we are at cooling down. In extreme heat situations, a dog’s body cannot expel heat fast enough and causes a rise in body temperature. In such a state, if immediate steps to cool down the dog are not taken, it starts affecting the dog’s brain, heart, liver and the intestinal tracts and the damage can be at an alarming level resulting in fatality.
* Rapid, frantic panting
* Sudden Collapse– Unconsciousness
* Inability to get up
* Widening of eyes
* Bright red tongue with a slight purple/black tinge
How to deal with a Heat Stroke
Heat Stroke is an emergency situation and requires immediate vet attention. It is necessary to cool down the dog by trying to lower his body temperature. This is what you can do as immediate steps:
1. Immerse the dog in cool (not ice cold) water or place in front of a fan or AC environment
2. Place cold wet towels on his tummy, forehead, inner thighs & groin area
3. Keep wetting his tongue
4. Use ice packs on his forehead and give him ice cubes to lick on
If you notice slightly regularized breathing, stop the cooling process as the sudden drop in body temperature may have adverse effects. Rush the dog to the vet to do a thorough checkup as heat strokes can develop delayed complications, including fatality, if not properly monitored or cared for.
* Never leave your dog in the car with all windows rolled up (even if it means for 2 minutes and you have the AC on full blast). Leave the windows rolled down so that the wind can blow in, but make sure your car is not parked right under the sun. Also, while travelling with your dog in the car, even with the AC on, leave the window a little open for the fresh air to come in.
* If your dog stays outside most of the times, make sure he has ample shady place to sit in. Please bear in mind, that shade will move with the time of the day. Water should be made available to him preferable in 2-3 places which he is used to. If you chain them outside, make sure water bowl is close so that even if he entangles himself with the leash, he can still reach the water.