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Find out more about your dogs
During sweltering summer days, dogs can easily suffer from heat stress and heatstroke - conditions that, without the right treatment, can prove very dangerous or even fatal.
Heat stress occurs when a dog's body temperature rises significantly and it can't cool itself down fast enough. At this stage, they usually:
Heatstroke occurs when the heat stress isn't corrected fast enough and the dogs body temperature continues to rise, resulting in:
That's why it's so important to prevent your dog from developing heatstroke in the first place.
Unlike us, dogs don't sweat. So they can only really reduce their body temperature by panting.
That's why breeds of dogs with shorter airways, like Pugs and British Bulldogs, develop heatstroke far more easily than many others.
We wouldn't dare do it to children these days, and the same should go for your dog. Unfortunately, leaving dogs in parked cars is one of the major causes of heatstroke. Even with the windows slightly wound down, temperatures inside can rise quickly and beyond your dog's ability to cope. On very hot days it happens even quicker.
Provide shade and water
When you're at home, always ensure your parched pooch has easy access to plenty of water and adequate shade, especially if they are outdoor dogs. When temperatures reach 35⁰C +, keep your dog indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned room as they can still overheat with water and shade.
Groom your dog to avoid a matted coat or have its fur clipped. Be extra careful with longhaired, overweight, young and older dogs.
Summer temperatures sun can be brutal in the middle of the day, so keep your walks and play sessions to early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler.
If your dog is getting overheated and suffering from early heat stress symptoms, such as:
you may be able to prevent heatstroke developing by:
If you are not sure whether your dog has heat sow the steps above and then take them to your veterinarian immediately.
If your dog has developed heatstroke and has collapsed and / or is convulsing:
First Aid and Emergency Care: Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke, Heat Prostration)