Seasonal Dog Dangers: Heat Stroke Awareness
Summer Seasonal Dog Dangers > Heatstroke Awareness
As we discussed in our previous blogs, preventing dehydration and parasites in dogs during the summer are huge priorities. In addition, heat stroke is common this time of year, especially for those dogs who are active. As we explore how to recognize, treat and prevent heat stroke in your dog, give yourself some peace of mind with a Canine Liability policy.
What signs should I look for in my pet?
According to Dogtime, the following symptoms are serious red flags that you should be aware of:
- Body temperature can reach 104-110 degrees Fahrenheit
- Heavy panting
- Rapid pulse or heartbeat
- Bright or dark red gums & tongue
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive drooling
- Lack of coordination, staggering
- Glazed eyes
How should I treat heat stroke?
Before driving your dog to the vet, make every effort to reduce their internal body temperature. Cease your dog’s activity, move him to the shade, pour cold water over him, and provide water if he is alert enough.
It’s important not to pour ice water over your pet, however, as it can worsen the effects of heat stroke. Instead, fan your dog to cool him down quickly. Once you arrive at the vet, they can provide IV fluids to your dog.
How can I prevent heat stroke?
Heat stroke can pose significant risks to dogs, but preventing it is simple. First, keep your pet indoors during hot and humid days. Provide fresh water, shade, and even a kiddy pool for them to play in while outdoors. If your dog requires a lot of exercise, consider going out in the early morning or after the sun sets to avoid being outside during the hottest portion of the day.
During the summer, it’s important to consider your dog’s comfort and overall attitude. Remember, an uncomfortable dog, one that is not feeling well, or one that is suffering from scorched paw pads or dehydration might react adversely to an otherwise regular scenario.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.