We’ve had an immediate summer this year AND THE HEAT IS FINALLY HERE. Dogs can adjust but may need some assistance from their owners to feel comfortable.
Some things owners can do to ease the transition:
- Keep your dog hydrated. Have cool clean water available at all times.
- Give them a haircut if they have long or heavy fur. A visit to the groomer can reduce a dog’s body temperature if they’ve got long locks.
- Provide a comfortable shady area for your dog when outside or keep them indoors when it’s too hot.
- Keep them off black pavement or provide them with booties to shield them from burning their paws. Dogs can get sunburn and their paws can burn from the intensified heat.
- Never leave your animals in an unventilated car when it’s over 75 degrees or more.
- Be sensitive to Senior Dogs, they may want to play like a puppy but don’t always recover as quickly as they used to from activity
- If you have a short nose breed like Pugs, Boston Terriers and Bulldogs, realize they don’t breathe as well as other dogs normally so when it is hot they should be monitored for heat stroke and respiratory issues.
HEAT STROKE TREATMENT
If for any reason your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion/stroke act quickly by removing him from the hot environment:
- Put your dog in the bath tub. If your dog is unconscious make sure no water enters the nose or mouth.
- Run a cool (not cold) shower over your pet, covering the whole body — especially the back of the head and neck.
- Allow the water to fill up the bathtub as you shower the dog. Keep the head elevated to prevent aspiration pneumonia.
- If getting the dog into the tub is impractical, use a garden hose to cool the dog or place him in a pool of cool water.
- Apply a cold pack to the dog’s head to help lower his body temperature — a packet of frozen vegetables works fine.
- Massage the legs. A vigorous rubbing helps the dog’s circulation and reduces the risks of shock.
- Let the dog drink as much cool or cold water as it wants. Adding a pinch of salt to the water bowl will help the dog replace the minerals it lost through panting.
Once your pet stabilizes, reach out to your veterinarian for immediate support and guidance.