How to avoid heatstroke in dogs?

In our post ” Heat, an enemy for our dog ”   we explain what heat stroke or hyperthermia consists of , we address the reasons, symptoms and first aid for this danger that haunts our animals when the hot flash is not only done unbearable, but also fearsome. 

Now we will focus on prevention, it is the first step to prevent the heat wave we are experiencing from taking its toll on our dogs , as civil protection services warn on social networks.

To consider

It should not be forgotten that, if people are exposed to this pathology, dogs are even more sensitive to heat than we are; their body temperature reduction system is somewhat less sophisticated than that of humans.

Unlike humans, dogs do not perspire throughout the body , but regulate excess heat in some parts, such as the mouth, through panting, through the ears, face, or sweating through the pads. Nor can they lower the car window to let the air in, or fan themselves, or say they are hot.

For dogs, a hot day, exposed for a long time to the effects of hot dog, can cause serious health problems, and even death in a few minutes. Be vigilant, because the “blow” can also occur on a day of moderate heat, which has been preceded by several suffocating days.

12 keys to prevent heat stroke

About heat stroke, we could say that “prevention is better than regret” because, by following a few simple tips, we can save ourselves more than a disappointment, which can sometimes be fatal. An important point to keep in mind is that our dog goes where we take him , therefore his health is our responsibility and not taking care of him properly has no other name than negligence.

Avoid hyperthermia is in our hands , take good note so that our dog never has to go through this bad drink.

  • 1. Clean and fresh water, always:  wherever you are, the dog must have fresh and clean water available at all times.
  • 2. Ventilation at home:  it is also important that, at home, the dog can be in a large place, with good ventilation, so that it is as cool as possible.
  • 3. Shadow, not to be missed:  during the dog days, you must always look for a good shadow and persistently pursue it, as it does with us.
  • 4. Food, fresh: lunchtime, it should coincide with less hot times of the day, such as the first hour of the morning or at dusk.
  • 5. Postpone the exercise: postpone the physical activity, for the moments in which the solana cannot harm the health of our dog, it is one of the best measures that we can take to avoid adding even more heat.
  • 6. Short-haired dogs, the most vulnerable:  beware of these dogs! Just because they have short hair does not mean that they are cooler; precisely, the short-haired breeds are those that are most at risk in the face of extreme temperatures and with which more precautions must be taken; Interestingly, long hair is a good insulator, both for cold and heat.
  • 7. Walking, yes, but with precautions:  before leaving, the dog should drink water so that it is hydrated try not to walk with your dog during the hottest hours of the day; If you have no choice but to go to relieve yourself, shorten the walk and look to go through shady places; as soon as the dog urinates or defecates, it is best to go home, where you will have fresh and clean water prepared in your drinking fountain; ideally, take it for a walk early in the morning and late in the day, when the atmosphere is relatively cooler.
  • 8. Never alone in the car: it  is negligence with lethal consequences; The National Police never tire of repeating every summer that leaving a pet inside the car can cause death; Keep in mind that in just half an hour, the temperature of the interior of the vehicle can rise 20º over that of the exterior, which means leaving the animal, practically, in an oven.
  • 9. Dog locked in a vehicle, what to do ?:  if you witness that a dog is inside a vehicle, alone, and with high temperatures, what is recommended in these cases is to call 091, so that the Agents take care of everything necessary to help the animal.
  • 10. Towels, ice and water, if you travel with your dog: if you are going to go out with your dog by car, do not forget to include in your list some towels, ice and water; they will be useful in the face of any heat sign of your dog; if this happens, he can rest on the moistened towel or put his feet on it; Ice cubes do a great job of refreshing the pads and nose area.
  • 11. Take advantage of water resources:  those who live in a house with a garden can invite the dog to frolic under the water of the sprinklers; you will have fun while fighting the hot flash; In the absence of these irrigation systems, a good hose-off, from time to time, will also relieve you of the summer heat.
  • 12. Puppies and elderly dogs:  on suffocating days, dogs, at these ages, tend to accuse heat in a special way; at home, it is a good idea to put wet towels on the floor, where they can rest; not forgetting to lower the blinds and open the windows so that the air passes but not the sun.

If you have any questions or concerns, go to the vet, with their help and good prevention, your dog will be safe from the ravages of the hot summer.

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