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Heat Stroke In Dogs

Dogs may be tough cookies, but they're not immune from heat stroke. This can occur, anywhere from around 20 degrees can be uncomfortable for your dog. This temperature will vary from breed, age and health status, but it's important to monitor your dog's health during the summer months. 


What makes your dog more vulnerable to heat stroke?

There are a number of things that may make your dog more prone to heat stroke, the first is the breed, there are a number of breeds that are at higher risk, among those are flat nosed breeds and breeds with longer and thicker hair. 

Overweight dogs are more at risk of overheating, older dogs may suffer too. 

 

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?

The most detectable sign of heat stroke is excessive panting. Other symptoms to watch out for may include signs of discomfort such as drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhoea, mental dullness or loss of consciousness, uncoordinated movement, and collapsing. 

Heat stroke in dogs can indicate a serious medical problem and cause a number of life limiting problems, such as kidney failure, swelling of the brain, intestinal bleeding and abnormal clotting of blood. Whilst prevention is essential, if you do see any of these signs you need to ask fast, and get immediate attention from a vet. 

So, how do we prevent heat stroke? 

There are many ways you can prevent heat stroke in dogs, and they're very simple. The best way to avoid exposing your dog to dangerous heat is to walk them at cooler parts of the day. Ensure your dog has access to water and shelter through out the day, there are plenty of contraptions for keeping your dog cool such as cooling bandanas / vests that can help to maintain your dog's body temperature. 

Make sure you get to know your pet's health and stress signs to ensure you can read their condition.