The Signs of Heat Stroke
No matter what activities you and your best friend will be enjoying this summer make sure you know the signs of heatstroke. It’s considered a medical emergency and needs to be handled immediately:
Early Stages of Heat Stroke:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Balance problems
- Bright red gums
Advanced Stages of Heat Stroke
- Labored & noisy breathing
- White gums
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from heat stroke measures must be taken immediately to cool him down. Take your dog inside immediately. If you have a thermometer take his temperature – if it’s above 104F you need to begin cooling him down.
Start by spraying or immersing him in cool water. Drape your dog with cool towels. Don’t use ice water if your dog has heat stroke – it will close the dogs pores and make the problem worse. You need to gradually decrease his temperature without inducing shock. Take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible following an episode of heat stroke as it can be associated with other complications.
Enjoy the Warm Weather Safety With Your Dog
If you’re looking to go out with your dog this summer keep these tips in mind. You can enjoy the summer with your dog safely with a few simple tips