EMERGENCY: PROTECT your dog / pet from HOT SUN & HOT HEAT weather
and hot like an oven temperature weather
Be sure to keep your dog or pets in a cool house
preferably air conditioned home or use a fan
- the BASEMENT always feels cool
Stay in the shade
Stay inside your home
- AVOID GOING OUTSIDE (especially old or sick dogs)
- buy potty pads for dogs at pet store, Walmart
Always encourage your dog to drink water
Cool water & cool air can save your dog's life
Let your dog stand in a pan or tub of cool water
- don't need much cool water
- the cool water will probably help his paw pads feel cool & moist
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Dog panting heavily or fast, they seem agitated or excited.
Dog probably feels very hot and needs shade, air conditioning, fan, water to drink.
Dog can stand in cool water or go to basement where it is usually cool (not hot).
Go to animal doctor if dog or pet doesn't improve.
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Always research on the internet or see a vet if your dog seems to have a health problem
or behaving strangely, abnormally
It is better to leave the dog at home on a hot day
If you are outside at an outdoor event,
it might be too hot or sunny for the dog to be outside
the dog will pant
if he starts to breathe or pant really fast, the dog is too hot
you have to go inside- preferably air conditioned building
give the dog water
bring him home to recover from the heat
- hopefully, he will be okay
if it's more serious
(the dog is breathing or panting extremely fast
and sounds like he is in pain or in agony),
you'll have to bring him to a vet or he could die
also, if it is very hot outside (feels like an oven)
- the backyard can be a dangerous place for your dog
- especially if your dog is not feeling well (sick) or if your dog is old
- you should not leave your dog alone in the backyard if it's a very hot day
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Heat stroke is an emergency and requires immediate treatment.
Because dogs do not sweat (except to a minor degree through their foot pads), they do not tolerate high environmental temperatures as well as humans do.
Dogs depend upon panting to exchange warm air for cool air. But when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by panting is not an efficient process.
Common situations that can set the stage for heat stroke in dogs include:
Being left in a car in hot weather
Exercising strenuously in hot, humid weather
Being a brachycephalic breed, especially a Bulldog, Pug, or Pekingese
Suffering from a heart or lung disease that interferes with efficient breathing
Being muzzled while put under a hair dryer
Suffering from a high fever or seizures
Being confined on concrete or asphalt surfaces
Being confined without shade and fresh water in hot weather
Having a history of heat stroke
Heat stroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing.
The tongue and mucous membranes appear bright red. The saliva is thick and tenacious, and the dog often vomits.
The rectal temperature rises to 104° to 110°F (40° to 43.3°C).
The dog becomes progressively unsteady and passes bloody diarrhea.
As shock sets in, the lips and mucous membranes turn gray. Collapse, seizures, coma, and death rapidly ensue.
Treatment: Emergency measures to cool the dog must begin at once.
Move the dog out of the source of heat, preferably into an air-conditioned building.
Take his rectal temperature every 10 minutes.
Mild cases may be resolved by moving the dog into a cool environment.
If the rectal temperature is above 104°F, begin rapid cooling by spraying the dog with a garden hose or immersing him in a tub of cool water (not ice water) for up to two minutes.
Alternatively, place the wet dog in front of an electric fan.
Cool packs applied to the groin area may be helpful, as well as wiping his paws off with cool water.
Monitor his rectal temperature and continue the cooling process until the rectal temperature falls below 103°F (39°C).
At this point, stop the cooling process and dry the dog.
Further cooling may induce hypothermia and shock.
Following an episode of heat stroke, take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Heat stroke can be associated with laryngeal edema.
This seriously worsens the breathing problem and may require an emergency tracheostomy.
An injection of cortisone before the onset of respiratory distress may prevent this problem.
Other consequences of hyperthermia include kidney failure, spontaneous bleeding, irregular heartbeat, and seizures.
These complications can occur hours or days later.
Dehydration occurs when a dog loses body fluids faster than he can replace them. Dehydration usually involves the loss of both water and electrolytes. In dogs, the most common causes of dehydration are severe vomiting and diarrhea. Dehydration can also be caused by inadequate fluid intake, often associated with fever and severe illness. A rapid loss of fluids also occurs with heat stroke.
A prominent sign of dehydration is loss of skin elasticity. When the skin along the back is pulled up, it should spring back into place. In a dehydrated animal, the skin stays up in a ridge.
Another sign of dehydration is dryness of the mouth. The gums, which should be wet and glistening, become dry and tacky. The saliva is thick and tenacious. In an advanced case, the eyes are sunken and the dog exhibits signs of shock, including collapse.
Treatment: A dog who is visibly dehydrated should receive immediate veterinary attention, including intravenous fluids, to replace fluids and prevent further loss.
For mild dehydration, if the dog is not vomiting you can give him an electrolyte solution by bottle or syringe into the cheek pouch. Balanced electrolyte solutions for treating dehydration in children, such as Ringer's lactate with 5 percent dextrose in water or Pedialyte solution, are available at drugstores and are also suitable for dogs. Gatorade is another short-term substitute to help replace fluids. Administer the solution at a rate of 2 to 4 ml per pound (1 to 2 ml per kilo) of body weight per hour, depending on the severity of the dehydration (or as directed by your veterinarian).
This article is excerpted from “Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook” with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc.
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