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|06-23-2008, 07:03 PM||#1|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Seymour, Indiana
Heat Stroke In Dogs...Everyone Please Read
Tips for Avoiding Heat Stroke
*Heat stroke is an emergency.
These tips do not substitute for
a veterinarian’s care!!!!
First and foremost, never leave your pet alone in a parked car in the summer--not even if you leave the air conditioner on, not even if you crack the windows, and not even if you park in the shade. Car batteries can die, along with the air conditioning. The sun moves, which means your car may not be shaded for long. And cracked windows simply don’t have significant ventilating impact within cars parked in warm weather.
Not many people realize that though it may be a mild 75-80 degrees out, within minutes the temp inside your car can reach a suffocating 130 degrees.
Dogs can’t cool themselves in the same way people do. People sweat. Dogs pant. They have sweat glands only on their noses and paw pads. Neither panting nor a dog’s sweat glands are efficient at cooling their bodies on very humid, hot days.
These types of dogs have it extra-hard in the heat:
• Short-faced or snub-nosed dogs (Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Llhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus and Pekingese)
• Very old or very young dogs
• Dogs diagnosed with heart ailments or breathing problems
• Overweight or under-conditioned dogs
• Heavy-coated or dark-coated dogs
Clip the hair of heavy-coated dogs to one inch in length. Don’t shave to the skin, because that deprives your dog of the insulating factor of a layer of hair. And it exposes them to sunburn.
Always carry water for your dog on exercise outings. That water should be cool, not cold. Ice cubes in the water bowl for a dog just hanging out in the backyard can be a good thing, but when dogs exercise strenuously, cool water is best. A convenient portable device combining bottle and water bowl all-in-one is the Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser. A hook attaches it to your backpack or belt loop, so your hands are free to hold a leash.
Light-colored dogs with pink skin are especially susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Before venturing outdoors, apply a sunscreen that is pH-balanced for a dog’s skin, especially to the ear-tips, nose, and back.
The best time of the day to venture out with your dog is before or after the sun reaches its peak. Even then, a cooling bandana helps prevent overheating.
Finally, it’s always good to be prepared. Travel with a portable first aid kit for pets, so you won’t be empty-handed when the unexpected occurs.
Many dogs just don’t know when to call it quits! Learn how to recognize the stress signals of an over-heated dog.
• Heavier than usual panting.
• Bright red gums, lips and ears.
• Dry mouth and decreased salivation.
• Distracted or staring facial expression.
• Weaving or wobbly walk.
These symptoms can all too quickly lead to seizures and unconsciousness. A dog’s normal temperature range is about 100 to 102 degrees. At 106 to 110 degrees, dogs will suffer brain damage, organ shut-down and death. A dog that survives such extremes often faces life-long, irreversible health challenges.
What Should I Do If My Dog Overheats?
• Don’t immediately race your dog to the vet. First, take 10 minutes to cool your dog down.
• Get your dog out of the sun, into shade or air-conditioning.
• Give your dog water to drink. The water shouldn’t be too cold, and you shouldn’t let your dog gulp.
• If you can, hose down your dog (let the water run for a few seconds first to let the water cool down!) or immerse your dog in a bathtub, wading pool or sink filled with cool water. Monitor your dog’s body temp anally with a thermometer. Remove your dog from the water at 104 degrees. (Overcooling or cooling too rapidly can be dangerous.)
• What if you can’t hose down your dog or place your dog in a bathtub? Do you have ice bags? Place those ice bags to your dog’s groin, around the neck, and underneath the front legs. Or use towels wet with cool water--but don’t cover your dog completely, because that can trap heat.
• Place your dog in front of a fan while the coat is still damp. The fan will aid in evaporation.
• Go to the vet as soon as your dog is stabilized at about 103 degrees. Roll down your car windows and turn on the air conditioning full-blast. If you have a cell phone, call ahead so that your dog can be rushed in without a wait.
Hugs to all Lee
|06-24-2008, 02:46 AM||#2|
YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Heat stroke can take your dog so quickly. There was a dog that died of heat stroke in the parking lot of a show that I attended last Saturday. Watch your babies closely!
|06-24-2008, 03:33 AM||#3|
Mommy's Little Boo Boo
Join Date: Oct 2006
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|06-24-2008, 03:34 AM||#4|
Yorkie Kisses are the Best!
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston TX
good post TeddyandTiffy....I walk my girls 2 times a day and man it's hot in the afternoons by the time I get home... so we go a different way to stay in the shade & keep the walk under 10 minutes because it's so hot here.....The 1st place my girls go is their water dish when we get back inside.
That's a great reminder that dogs can get heatstroke too just like we can
|06-24-2008, 06:00 AM||#5|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
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Great info. My pom got heatstroke from a groomer in the winter. They left her under the dryer (she has an enormous coat) and when I went to pick her up I said why is she breathing like that? They just looked at me and finally the owner came out and said do you want some water for her? duh
I called my vet and they were getting ready to close as it was a saturday and they waited for me to get there. I thought I was going to lose her on the way. They took her immediatley and put her on a ice pack in an oxygen chamber and gave her some fluids and I waited out front. Her temp was something like 107 or 108. She was ok after a few hours but they said she was close to dying and could have some lasting problems, thankfully she didn't. So if you are out and suspect heat stroke act immediatley and follow the advice Lee posted
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|06-24-2008, 06:21 AM||#7|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Thanks for the great reminder! We all need to stay refreshed on the yearly cautions! I would have thought to rush my baby straight to the vet. Glad you posted this. I am going to print in out a put it in my first aid kit.
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|06-24-2008, 09:59 AM||#10|
Join Date: May 2008
Thanks for the great post.
"A convenient portable device combining bottle and water bowl all-in-one is the Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser. A hook attaches it to your backpack or belt loop, so your hands are free to hold a leash."
I have one of these water bottles for Onni and it is great. Whenever I take her anywhere, hot or not I take her travel water bottle.
Tracye - Onni's, Bonnie Blue, and Bella's MoM
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|06-24-2008, 12:00 PM||#12|
Izzy's Momma Too!
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Stuart, Florida
This is a good reminder and should be made into a sticky. I had to convince my husband that it's too hot to take the girls to the beach now, as he was taking them every Sunday. The last time we were there, it was SO flipping hot and not matter how much icewater the girls drank, they were still panting, so we left sooner than normal. No more beach for them until the cooler weather comes back
Tracy, Mom to Izzy and Luna
|06-24-2008, 12:14 PM||#13|
YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: HOT, HOT, HOT AZ
Lee, thanks for the reminder!! Great information!!! Its sad, but every year here in HOT Arizona, people not only leave the dogs in cars but human babies and children. Every year there are multple deaths, human and canine. Even the head of the K-9 unit for the Chandler police left his police dog in the car for 13 hours before he remembered. Unfortunately, it was too late for the dog.
Remenber folks, CHECK THOSE CARS BEFORE YOU LOCK AND WALK!!
|06-24-2008, 12:34 PM||#14|
♥Love My Puppies!♥
Join Date: Nov 2005
Thanks for the reminder.
My Daisy has a heavy, thick coat and even though we keep it short, she gets hot very quickly. I always carry water for her when we are walking and if she looks warm I sprinkle some on her and pat some on her tummy and around her neck. In the summer we walk really early, as soon as it gets light. I watch her like a hawk for signs of overheating. I try to keep in mind that I would be quite a bit warmer if I was wearing a 'coat' like she is.
RIP My Sweet Darling Angel Daisy 08/09/03 - 10/02/15, RIP My Sweet Baby Boy Teddy Bear 02/01/04 - 02/11/16
|06-24-2008, 12:39 PM||#15|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Long Island
Thanks for the info............it is greatly appreciated!
PROUD MOM OF (SKIN KIDS) LEXI & HUNTER AND (FUR KIDS) AUTUMN, BLAZE & CHANCE (OUR RESCUE)