Here’s How You Can Prevent Your Dogs From Getting a Heat Stroke
| By Danielle
It’s safe to say that summer is here, and with that can come some serious dangers, especially for our furry friends who go outside as much as we do. We all know safety tips for humans: staying in the shade, hydrating, and wearing sunscreen…but what about all the safety tips for dogs? If you aren’t aware of the signs of heat stroke in dogs, read this article, because they can’t speak up for themselves when something is wrong, and they depend on you to take care of them! Here are all the things you can do to keep your pet safe this summer:
Heat Stroke Signifiers
For dogs, body temperatures up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit can be deadly. Keep an eye out for these symptoms that show your dog is getting a heat stroke, and help them immediately.
-Black, tarry stool
-Rapid heart rate
Preventing Heat Stroke
When it is incredibly hot outside, you should only be letting them out to go to the bathroom. They should remain in cooler conditions in order to avoid heat stroke. Those long hikes can wait for a cooler day! Consider investing in a kiddie pool for your dog to play in for exercise, and if you must take them on a walk, bring plenty of water for them to drink, just like you would do for yourself!
In Case Of A Heat Stroke
If it looks like your dog is showing symptoms similar to the ones listed above, it is important that you get them to a veterinarian or animal hospital as soon as possible. When you are taking them there, do whatever you can to get their body temperature down by using cool water and moving them to a cool spot. Try not to offer them ice water, because that could cool them down too quickly, which might further complicate their problems. Instead, offer them water and give them just a few ice cubes to munch on until they are back to a safe temperature.
It’s important to keep our beloved pets safe and cool this summer! Do you have any other tricks that you use to keep your dogs cooled off on a hot summer day?
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