As the weather begins to increase in temperatures dog owners need to be aware of the dangers of high temperatures.
PETA collects reports on how many pets who dies each year due to heat stroke or because they have been left in a hot car.
In 2018, at least 58 animals died in hot weather related deaths in 2018 alone. Read this post and help us spread awareness to prevent these incidents.
Last year, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) shared a heartbreaking story, after receiving a phone call about a dog that tragically died from heatstroke.
The family had taken their dog out for a routine walk, just like any other day. However this day wasn’t going to be just like any other day. Sadly, it all ended in tragedy.
“This morning we have been informed that yesterday a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees (Celsius).”
In Fahrenheit, that is 70 degrees — which is not that hot if you ask me. However, the temperatures that week had been at record highs.
“The dog was 5 years old and otherwise fit and healthy,” the post continued.
Don’t ignore the warnings
“Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work. We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.”
It’s important to remind people that dogs have a hard time handling high heat and humidity. They aren’t made to handle that type of weather.
You may think that you have a perfectly healthy puppy, but that puppy is just as much at risk for heatstroke as an elderly dog. Make sure to watch out for warning signals during the summer:
Symptoms of overheating
- Heavy panting
- Excessive thirst
- Glazed eyes
- Vomiting and bloody diarrhea
- Bright or dark red tongue, gums
- Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
- Weakness, collapse
- Increased pulse and heartbeat
- Excessive drooling
What to do if your dog gets overheated
If you think your dog is suffering from heatstroke, make sure you act immediately!
- The first thing you should do is to move your dog to a cooler area. Try to get them cooled down quickly.
- Try to offer your dog small amounts of water to drink, not a large volume of water. That might cause your pet to vomit and you don’t want that to happen.
- Take your dog’s temperature if possible.
- When your dog seems more comfortable. call your veterinarian for next steps.
- The doctor may want to evaluate your dog even if he seems fully recovered.
Take a look at the video clip below for more tips on what to do:
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