Heat can be fatal to your dog
Heat can be fatal to your dog, I can't express this enough.
A dog never died from missing one walk, but a dog can die on one walk on a hot day!!
Be dog savvy......Do you know that in extreme heat, if your dog gets heatstroke it can potentially die within 15 minutes. That's all it takes.
Heat can be fatal to your dog - Common Signs
The common signs to look out for include:-
- Bright red gums
- Excessive dribbling
- Looking unstable or wobbling when they try to stand
- Heavy panting.
Which breeds struggle the most in the heat?
Of course, all dogs can suffer with heat stroke but in particular:-
Flat-faced dogs. Breeds such as Pugs, Shih Tzu and Bulldogs will often have breathing challenges. Basically if your dog snores or snorts they will likely struggle more to breathe. Most of the time your dog will be able to cope, after all it is what they are used to. However, in extreme heat they will struggle to cool themselves down through panting. And their breathing may become more laboured. Be really careful not to wear them out in the heat. Keep them shaded and calm.
Long and Thick Coated Dogs. Well it makes sense really doesn't it? Can you imagine wearing a thick coat on a hot Summer's day? Breeds such as German Shepherds, Afghan Hounds, Huskies, Bearded Collie may need extra help in a heatwave. The best thing you can do is to groom them regularly, help them to maintain an healthy coat. Again keep them shaded and calm.
Overweight Dogs. Just like with humans, those who carry some extra pounds will feel the heat even more. Their body will be put under more strain. Yes it is still important to exercise your dog, but you will need to pick your time carefully.
Obviously other dogs will suffer too - giant breeds, older dogs, any dog with health issues, so what to do?
Top Tips to stop your dog from over heating
Walk early in the morning or late evening time. That's the main one! Pick your time carefully.
Check pavement temperature, as pads can burn.
Keep your walks short. 2 short walks will be better than one long one.
Use enrichment toys, such as:
- frozen stuffed kongs to keep your pup engaged
Most importantly, keep your dog hydrated!
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