With summertime fun comes the dangers of heat for your beloved canine companions. Here are some simple tips that will help you prevent a heatstroke and other dangers that the summer season can bring.
Firstly, what is a heatstroke and how can you recognize it? Well for pups, just like for humans, a heatstroke is the sudden and dangerous rise in body temperature due to extreme exposure to heat and sun that cannot be balanced out by their natural heat-fighting bodily functions. If you see your dog suffer from:
- redness around the eyes
- heavy panting
- dry or bright red gums
- thick drool
- purple tongue
- vomiting or diarrhea
- and weakness like wobbly legs
they might be suffering from heatstroke. The Humane Society suggests that you wrap them in cool (not cold or freezing) towels to their head, neck and chest, and get them to the vet as quickly as possible. If dogs reach a temperature higher than 104 degrees, it could be deadly!
Let them drink cool (again, not cold) water and have some ice cubes. Pet safety is really important in the summer heat so be sure to be a good mommy or daddy and keep your best friend cool!