A dog’s fur is great for keeping them warm, but it can be problematic for some during the hot weather. Dogs regulate their heat by panting, but this is a limited way to control temperature. It doesn’t actively make them cooler, it removes heat from inside the body. If a dog’s temperature rises beyond his ability to cool down it could be fatal.
4 SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE
Heavy panting is a sign that your dog is at risk. As opposed to regular panting, heavy panting is a continuous open mouth with a swollen tongue on the side. Excessive drooling is another sign. This may be harder to detect if your dog is a constant drooler but you should still be able to detect what is excessive. Taking multiple breaks is your dog letting you know that he is getting too warm. Finally a fast heart rate is also an indicator that your dog is getting too hot.
WHAT TO DO
If you see any of these signs make sure you get your dog into a bathtub and run cool (NOT COLD) water. Let the water continue to fill up as you run the shower over your dog. If you do not have a convenient tub use a garden hose outside. Massage your dog’s legs to increase circulation and let him drink as much cold water as he wants.
Gresham Animal Hospital has been providing loving care to our patients and their owners since 1944. We can take care of your pet’s needs—all under one roof. Bring your pet in for checkups, shots, and vaccines at 520 NW Division Street in Gresham across from the Gresham Station Shopping Mall. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.
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