The Barking Lot knows that you love your pets, and we love them too. They offer us loyalty, companionship, and protection without asking for much in return.
One way pet parents can express their appreciation for their four-legged friends is by taking the proper precautions during the summer months to keep their dogs happy, healthy and in tip-top condition.
Our pets don’t have the ability to communicate with us when they’re experiencing pain or discomfort, so it’s important to know the facts about heat exhaustion.
Every year, vets are seeing more pets affected by heat stress. Unfortunately, a lot of owners don’t know that dogs are inherently susceptible to heat stroke.
In order to cool down, dogs have to pant. As this happens, warm moisture evaporates from the tongue, while cooled blood returns to the body. But this doesn’t come as easily for every pet. Some breeds have a harder time regulating their body temperature through this process.
Here are a few:
Boxers and Pugs
Pugs have short noses, small skulls and a compressed upper respiratory system making it harder for them to cool themselves down if they get too hot, while boxers and bulldogs have short faces, finding it difficult to self-cool because of their noses.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy dog that has a hard time when it’s too hot or too cold. Because of the thickness of its fur, the Akita needs lots of water and a cool place to rest and play.
What Causes Heat Stroke In Dogs
- When pets are left in warm enclosed places, they’re not able to pant enough to lose heat.
- In enclosed spaces, pets don’t have access to water to help replace the fluids lost during panting.
- They’re not able to lose enough heat due to a lack of fluids, leading to dehydration.
If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to be able to recognize when your dog is at risk of a heat stroke. Here are some of the symptoms The Barking Lot found to look out for:
Dog cool themselves down through panting, but experts also say to keep an eye of the how much he pants. Light panting and a slightly opened mouth are normal in warm temperatures. But if you notice that your pet begins to pant heavily, with his mouth fully opened and a swollen tongue, it may be time to find a cooler spot for him along with some fresh water.
If your dog is outdoors on a hot day and he’s drooling more than usual, it may be a sign that he’s having trouble cooling off.
With an irregular heartbeat, your dog’s body is pumping lots of blood into his extremities, and away from his heart and lungs. When this happens, take your dog to the vet immediately so that he can get the proper care.
You Can Help Prevent a Heat Stroke by:
- Helping your dog avoid strenuous exercises
- Taking your pet on walks earlier or later in the day
- Offering him lots of fresh water
- Considering a dog boarding facility where it’s cool and dry
- Finding helpful dog supplies that protect him from the sun
Make sure your furry pal stays cool this summer with the help of some of these tips!